Monday, November 14, 2011

Ella Fitzgerald And Joe Pass - Easy Living (1986)

Ella Fitzgerald And Joe Pass - Easy Living (1986)
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Genre ~ Vocal, Guitar Jazz | Label ~ Pablo Records

It's been a while since I played this CD, which was greeted with rave reviews on its first issue in 1986. Ella was then in her late sixties, by which time her voice was past its best, which manifests itself in what could be charitably described as a wide vibrato on sustained notes. Listening again, I'm reminded of her later tendency to take liberties with both tune and lyrics. That would be defensible if it improved upon the original, but that was always arguable in her case, and the facility did not improve with the passing years.
My copy carries a tracklist which adds up to under an hour of music, and nothing in the way of a liner note. These deficiencies are offset by Joe Pass's sympathetic accompaniment, which was for me the deciding factor in its purchase. ~ Amazon Customer's Review


1. My Ship (Ira Gershwin, Kurt Weill)
2. Don't Be That Way (Benny Goodman, Mitchell Parish, Edgar Sampson)
3. My Man (Jacques Charles, Channing Pollack, Albert Willemetz, Maurice Yvain)
4. Don't Worry About Me (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler)
5. Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer)
6. Easy Living (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
7. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance (Bing Crosby, Ned Washington, Victor Young)
8. Love for Sale (Cole Porter)
9. Moonlight in Vermont (John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf)
10. Green Dolphin Street (Bronislau Kaper, Ned Washington)
11. Why Don't You Do Right? (Kansas Joe McCoy)
12. By Myself (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz)
13. I Want a Little Girl (Murray Mencher, Billy Moll)
14. I'm Making Believe (Mack Gordon, James V. Monaco)
15. Slow Boat to China (Frank Loesser)

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