2 of Ella Fitzgerald's grooviest albums – back to back on one CD! First up is Ella, from 1969 – the kind of record that marked a really nice change from Fitzgerald's staid work for Verve in years past! The setting here is bouncy and mod – a great mixture of jazz, soul
, and bits of late 60s Brit Easy – no surprise, given that the sessions were recorded in London, with arrangements from maestros John Cameron and Mike Vickers! And while a few Ella purists might complain about the record, we totally dig it – and find it to be very similar to her excellent MPS album from the same stretch – a whole new sound for a singer with the range to take on anything! Titles include "Get Ready", "Yellow Man", "I Wonder Why", "Savoy Truffle", "Open Your Window", "Knock On Wood", "Got To Get You Into My Life", and "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game". Things Ain't What
They Used To Be is great too – a surprising groover that features Gerald Wilson backing Ella with a great blend of soul
, jazz, and bossa styles! By the time of the session, Wilson had honed his craft on a strong run of 60s albums for Pacific Jazz – creating a trademark groove that pushes all instruments in the group tightly together, while allowing just the right breakout modes for soloists like Dennis Budimir or Harold Land to spice things up alongside Ella's vocals. Nearly every track on the album has a nice little bounce at the bottom, and even older chestnuts are strongly transformed into a much later, groovier sound for the set. Titles include "Sunny", "Mas Que Nada", "Man & A Woman", "Manteca", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", and "Days Of Wine & Roses".
(Out of print.)