Ella Fitzgerald

Miss Ella Fitzgerald and Mr. Gordon Jenkins Invite You to Listen and Relax

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AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell

Responding to the demand for mood music albums in 1958, Decca put together an LP of ballads and things that Ella Fitzgerald recorded in tandem with Decca's all-purpose music director Gordon Jenkins when he was riding high in the early '50s. Fitzgerald could invoke a few jazz inflections here and there, particularly on a bluesy rendition of "Black Coffee," but she is asked mostly to play the role of a white-bread pop crooner. All of Jenkins' harmonic, big-band, orchestral and choral trademarks are in full play here, evoking the cozy ambience of postwar suburbia as completely as anyone did in those days. As a period piece, it is very enlightening, but Fitzgerald's best Decca work lay elsewhere.

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