Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The Cole Porter Songbook (2 CD) (1999)
2 CD | Genre: Jazz | Release: 1999 | MP3 320 kbps | 296 MB
This was Fitzgerald's chief album for the newly created Verve Records. Fitzgerald's time forward the Verve label would see her give her most highly acclaimed recordings, at the summit of her vocal powers. This album inaugurated Fitzgerald's Songbook sequence, each of the eight albums in the order focusing on a different composer of the catalogue of saints known as the Great American Songbook. Fitzgerald's conductor, (and the producer of many of her albums), Norman Granz, visited Cole Porter at the Waldolf-Astoria, and played him this not notched album. Afterwards, Porter merely remarked, "My, which marvellous diction that girl has".
Frank Devol backs Ella by a 1940s-style big band through enough modernist, Atomic Age elements tossed in to have lodgings it from being just an drain exercise in nostalgia. Fitzgerald finds the entire marriage between mainstream pop and jazz singing -- her harmonic improvisations are extraordinary. A real bargain.