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Ella Fitzgerald – Sings the Gershwin Songbook (1959)

March 2, 2012

[Album 24/1001]

Well, the bad news is that it’s great.

The only reason for the ‘may contain traces of disappointment’ disclaimer is that looking  at the artist and album title, there was no way this record could be a disaster.

It’s reminiscient of the 2002 movie version of The Importance of Being Earnest.  It was a pretty safe bet: Oscar Wilde play starring Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Dame Judy Dench…impossible for it to be terrible.

Although certainly enjoyable, considering the exceptional talent involved, the film maybe wasn’t quite the absolute masterpiece it could have been.

With this 1959 compilation, as a math equation, you have:

(George Gershwin music + Ira Gershwin lyrics) + (Nelson Riddle Orchestra + the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald vocals) = the sum of its parts, which is to say, terrific.

I suppose I was secretly hoping for a 2+2=5 synergy.  However, if that’s all I can find to moan about…

From → 1950s

3 Comments
  1. I have to tell you, sadly this couldn´t top my expectations.

    • I seem to remember being disappointed that it ‘met’ my expectations, I was perhaps unrealistically expecting to be blown away!

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