This is the most exciting release by Dee Dee Bridgewater ever to grace my collection. The singer is at her very best on this live session recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland on April 25,1998. Clearly, this recording was scheduled to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald's birth.
The audience responds enthusiastically to Dee Dee and her trio. Ms. Bridgewater is in great spirits and jokes with the crowd and the musicians. Her performance is awesome! The trio is fabulous and each player is allowed plenty of space to wail. Drummer, Ali Jackson, is a particular standout in this live club session.
Nine songs fill the 70 minutes playing time and include Undecided, Slow Boat To China, Stairway To The Stars, What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Midnight Sun, Cherokee, Cotton Tail, Love For Sale and the hilarious "Get Up, I Feel Like a Sex Machine." Dee Dee's sense of humor prevails throughout and she is "on fire" from start to finish. Her ability to scat is unrivaled by most singers today and her total reverence for Ella is at the forefront.
In my most humble opinion, this is an essential CD for Bridgewater fans. The performance is flawless and Verve is to be commended for making this superb live session available. It will hit the shelves on February 15th.