Ella Fitzgerald

All That Jazz

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All That Jazz Review

by Scott Yanow

Ella Fitzgerald's final recording is a bit sad. At the age of 71, she no longer had much range or power and she could only hint at her former greatness. Her sidemen (who include such veterans as trumpeters Harry "Sweets" Edison and Clark Terry, trombonist Al Grey, pianists Kenny Barron and Mike Wofford, bassist Ray Brown, drummer Bobby Durham, and the apparently ageless altoist Benny Carter) do their best but this noble effort is more important historically than musically.

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