Ella Fitzgerald

1941-1944

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This Classics CD traces Ella Fitzgerald's recordings from the beginning of her solo career. Having finally broken up the Chick Webb ghost orchestra, Ella mostly recorded ballads during her first few years as a solo artist; her jazz and scat singing would develop much more quickly starting in 1945. On some selections she is joined by a mundane vocal group called the Four Keys, but her three collaborations with the Ink Spots (particularly "Cow Cow Boogie" and "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall") are quite delightful. Other highpoints from this release (which finds Ella at 24 to 27 years old) include "This Love of Mine," "My Heart and I Decided" and "I'm Confessin'."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:57
2 2:52
3 3:09
4 3:22
5
2:55
6 3:04
7 2:45
8 2:42
9 2:54
10 2:58
11 2:40
12 2:59
13 2:53
14 3:16
15 2:52
16 2:55
17 3:05
18 3:06
19 3:09
20 3:21
21 3:21
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