Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Is it Memorex or is it...Man, it's still Ella, all the way

The lady played gigs everywhere, including the White House, where she received medals from Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

The things people won't remember, however, is her
intonation, diction, perfect pitch and 3-octave range that
delivered a "horn-like" sound that gave her the ability to
"scat" like any be-bop cat in the history of the American
jazz idiom.

Lest we forget, dig Ella Fitzgerald on a medley that starts
with the Brazilian standard, "One Note Samba," segues into the bossa nova "Desifinado," and thence to Tin Pan Alley and the hip hooray and ballyhoo of the vaudeville stage with tunes by Gershwin, Berlin and the rest of the mix.

Dig the piano man behind her. He just gives her the changes with a quick chord or two, maybe just the next base note, and she's off to the races.

Take the time to listen. It's only the 1,796,256th playing
of this YouTube clip. Live a little.

I give you Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 - June 15, 1996)

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