Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Swings Gently with Nelson (1961)

FrontCover1.jpgElla Swings Gently with Nelson is a 1962 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. This album is one of a pair, the other being Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson, that were released in 1962. Ella Swings Gently with Nelson is a 1962 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, with an orchestra arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. This album is one of a pair, the other being Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson, that were released in 1962.

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 RiddleFitzgerald2.jpgthe 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.”

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.” (by Scott Yanow)

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Personnel:
Ella Fitzgerald (vocals)
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unknown orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle

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Tracklist:
01. Sweet And Slow (Dubin/Warren) 3.17
02, Georgia On My Mind (Carmichael/Gorrell) 3.32
03. I Can’t Get Started (Duke/Gershwin) 3.35
04. Street of Dreams (Lewis/Young) 3.14
05. Imagination (Burke/v.Heisen) 3.48
06. The Very Thought of You (Noble) 2.48
07. It’s A Blue World (Forrest/Wright) 2.47
08. Darn That Dream (DeLange/v.Heusen) 2.34
09. She’s Funny That Way (Moret/Whiting) 3.16
10. I Wished On The Moon (Parker/Rainger) 2.46
11. It’s a Pity to Say Goodnight (Gordon(Reid) 2.37
12. My One and Only Love (Mellin/Wood) 3.15
13. Body And Soul (Eyton/Green/Heyman/Sour) 3.45
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14. Call Me Darling(Single, 1961) (Dick/Fryberg/Marbet/Reisfeld) 3.36
15. All Of Me (Originally issued on the 1963 various artists album All-Star Festival: A United Nations Unique Record to Aid the World’s Refugees) (Marks/Simons) 3.22

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