07 November 2010

Favorites: Ella Fitzgerald

There is one voice that never fails to impress me no matter the number of repeat listens and that voice belongs to the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald.... yes, the range is incredible and the timing impeccable but there is a childlike purity in that voice that can make a Wandering Eye extra misty.  I'm partial to Ella's earliest recordings.... those scratchy tracks from the late 30's and early 40's before the overblown orchestrations of the 50's studio sessions.... and I love her concert recordings.  Oh, to be in that audience... to experience that voice first hand.... under a star filled sky in the Hollywood Bowl or tucked into a dark, smoke-filled New York club... to have such lucky ears would be more than divine.
Photo by Carl Van Vechten


The Down East Dilettante said...

And the pure optimism that she brings to every song. I'm lucky. I'm old enough to have been to two concerts, one in her last year of performing. And even the memory of each takes my breath away, still.

W.E. said...

Thank you so much for sharing this DED! And you're so right about that optimism... it is probably the reason her voice always manages to lift my spirits....must admit I'm a tad green with envy that you experienced Ella Fitzgerald not just once but TWICE!

le style et la matière said...

Ella Fitzgerald never fails me, even though it surprises me sometimes to adore a voice so absolutely perfect and pure.
Your's is a wonderfully buoyant, no-bull blog! So glad to have wandered over from the Blue Remembered Hills!

W.E. said...

Merci beaucoup! Perfect and pure...absolutement!