Ella Fitzgerald

The Voice of Jazz

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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

With a wide vocal range and a light, fluid way of phrasing, not to mention a real flair for scat singing, one that made her the equivalent of a jazz horn player moving in and around and between the notes of a melody, Ella Fitzgerald was truly one of a kind, dubbed the First Lady of Song, the very voice of jazz in her lifetime and, quite likely, for all time. She started out as a swing singer, had no problem with bebop, bossa nova, or calypso, or anything else for that matter, and wasn't hesitant to bring her skills to more modern material in the 1960s and 1970s. Along the way she helped establish the long-playing album as its own art form as she worked her way through the Great American Songbook, composer by composer, in a landmark series of albums in the 1950s, and her versions of those classic songs often ended up the definitive ones. She spent her last years as she spent her career, as a revered and iconic American treasure. Amazingly, this lovingly assembled ten-disc box set is the first time a career-long survey of her work has been put together in a retrospective that includes her first sides with Chick Webb all the way through her Decca and Verve years, with a couple of previously unreleased live concerts added in for good measure. It all sorts out to a wonderful release, with a beautifully bound hardcover book included that tells Fitzgerald's story and adds detailed track notes, culminating in a lovely and telling testament to one of America's greatest singers.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 02:32 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 03:17 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra 03:15 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 02:26 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 02:34 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 02:55 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight 02:44 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald feat: The Mills Brothers 02:49 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald feat: The Mills Brothers 03:15 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight 02:37 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight 03:03 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 03:25 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 03:08 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight 02:56 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 02:39 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight 03:09 Amazon
19 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight 03:06 Amazon
20 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
21 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
22 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 02:58 Amazon
23 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 03:03 Amazon
24 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Savoy Eight 03:08 Amazon
25 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Chick Webb & His Orchestra 03:06 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra 03:08 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra 02:58 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra 02:46 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra 03:10 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra 02:33 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra 02:25 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink Spots 02:55 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink Spots 03:13 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & the Ink Spots 03:10 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald 03:16 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Ella Fitzgerald & the Delta Rhythm Boys 02:43 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Jordan 02:41 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 02:27 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong 02:54 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald 03:11 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 03:13 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald 03:08 Amazon
19 Ella Fitzgerald 03:16 Amazon
20 Ella Fitzgerald 03:19 Amazon
21 Ella Fitzgerald 02:51 Amazon
22 Ella Fitzgerald 03:19 Amazon
23 Ella Fitzgerald 03:07 Amazon
24 Ella Fitzgerald 03:03 Amazon
25 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Jordan 02:42 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ella Fitzgerald 02:57 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald 03:18 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 03:15 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong 03:07 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald 03:08 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald 03:27 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald 03:11 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald 03:30 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald 03:07 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald 03:04 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald 03:08 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald 02:56 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald 02:59 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 02:29 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald 03:05 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald 02:54 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 02:41 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald 03:11 Amazon
19 Ella Fitzgerald 04:01 Amazon
20 Ella Fitzgerald 02:52 Amazon
21 Ella Fitzgerald 02:42 Amazon
22 Ella Fitzgerald 03:08 Amazon
23 Ella Fitzgerald 02:18 Amazon
24 Ella Fitzgerald 02:27 Amazon
25 Ella Fitzgerald 03:16 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ella Fitzgerald 02:36 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald 03:21 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald 03:32 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald 03:39 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald 03:52 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald 02:04 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald 03:14 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald 03:35 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong 05:54 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong 03:42 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong 05:42 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald 03:18 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald 02:38 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 02:16 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald 02:51 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald 01:32 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 04:08 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald 03:40 Amazon
19 Ella Fitzgerald 02:49 Amazon
20 Ella Fitzgerald 03:03 Amazon
21 Ella Fitzgerald 03:23 Amazon
22 Ella Fitzgerald 02:47 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ella Fitzgerald 03:28 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald 05:03 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald 02:19 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald 06:42 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald 03:50 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald 03:28 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald 04:24 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong 04:01 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong 05:59 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald 07:39 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald 02:33 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong 04:58 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong 05:30 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 04:37 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald 03:21 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald 02:54 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 03:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ella Fitzgerald 05:11 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald 03:19 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald 03:08 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald 03:28 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald 02:32 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald 03:11 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald 03:45 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald 02:59 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald 02:40 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald 02:35 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald 02:25 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald 03:05 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald 03:54 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 03:52 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald 03:33 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald 02:37 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 03:30 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald 04:36 Amazon
19 Ella Fitzgerald 03:19 Amazon
20 Ella Fitzgerald 03:34 Amazon
21 Ella Fitzgerald 03:05 Amazon
22 Ella Fitzgerald 03:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ella Fitzgerald 03:09 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald 03:31 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald 02:30 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald 03:28 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald 03:40 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald 04:18 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald 02:17 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald 03:36 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald 05:16 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald 03:36 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald 03:24 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald 02:15 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald 03:18 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 03:07 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald 02:57 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald 02:20 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 02:44 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald 03:15 Amazon
19 Ella Fitzgerald 02:33 Amazon
20 Ella Fitzgerald 03:03 Amazon
21 Ella Fitzgerald 03:30 Amazon
22 Ella Fitzgerald 04:30 Amazon
23 Ella Fitzgerald 03:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ella Fitzgerald 02:45 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald 03:19 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald 03:34 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald 04:01 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald 02:36 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald 03:11 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald 05:05 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald 03:07 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald 03:04 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald 04:23 Amazon
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Ella Fitzgerald 02:29 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald 04:35 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Joe Pass 02:18 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 04:41 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Oscar Peterson 03:39 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Joe Pass 02:48 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 02:55 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald 05:21 Amazon
19 Ella Fitzgerald feat: André Previn 03:29 Amazon
20 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Joe Pass 02:50 Amazon
21 Ella Fitzgerald 04:04 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ella Fitzgerald 03:14 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald feat: Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars 04:01 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald 02:28 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald 03:08 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald 05:09 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald 05:58 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald 04:57 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald 03:44 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald 02:49 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald 03:38 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald 04:44 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald 02:26 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald 03:26 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 03:59 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald 03:50 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald 02:20 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 03:46 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald 03:14 Amazon
19 Ella Fitzgerald 02:54 Amazon
20 Ella Fitzgerald 03:57 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Ella Fitzgerald 00:20 Amazon
2 Ella Fitzgerald 02:22 Amazon
3 Ella Fitzgerald 02:55 Amazon
4 Ella Fitzgerald 02:52 Amazon
5 Ella Fitzgerald 02:54 Amazon
6 Ella Fitzgerald 01:55 Amazon
7 Ella Fitzgerald 03:10 Amazon
8 Ella Fitzgerald 02:52 Amazon
9 Ella Fitzgerald 03:40 Amazon
10 Ella Fitzgerald 02:24 Amazon
11 Ella Fitzgerald 05:45 Amazon
12 Ella Fitzgerald 08:40 Amazon
13 Ella Fitzgerald 02:57 Amazon
14 Ella Fitzgerald 03:16 Amazon
15 Ella Fitzgerald 02:49 Amazon
16 Ella Fitzgerald 02:26 Amazon
17 Ella Fitzgerald 04:40 Amazon
18 Ella Fitzgerald 03:18 Amazon
19 Ella Fitzgerald 02:51 Amazon
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