In 1961 Ella Fitzgerald recorded two albums with Nelson Riddle's Orchestra. Her voice was in peak form and, even if the backup band was somewhat anonymous, Fitzgerald uplifted the 15 songs on this set; "All of Me" was from a different obscure sampler and "Call Me Darling" was previously unissued. Although the accent is on ballads, several of the songs are taken at medium tempos and she swings throughout. Highlights include "Georgia on My Mind," "The Very Thought of You," "It's a Pity to Say Goodnight," "Darn That Dream," "Body and Soul" and a cooking "All of Me."
Performance CreditsElla Fitzgerald Primary Artist,Vocals
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Technical CreditsNorman Granz Producer
Mack Gordon Composer
Michael Lang Contributor
Nelson Riddle Arranger,Contributor
Billy Reid Composer
Val Valentin Engineer,Contributor
James Gavin Liner Notes
Robert Wright Composer
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Ella Swings Gently with Nelson based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This Ella album seems to get lost among the songbooks, possibly due to the unusual and random song selection. Never did her voice sound as soaring and uplifting as it does here. The Nelson Riddle arrangements are among his best. (Riddle deserves a lot more credit for the sounds he created for Ella, Sinatra, Nat 'King' Cole, and Dean Martin). Light swing at it's best. A thoroughly enjoyable album that will make you want to experience more Ella and more Riddle.