Ella Fitzgerald may be gone, but thankfully "The First Lady Of Song" lives on in her music. So what a treat it is to listen to this collection of never before released recordings from later in her long career just in time to commemorate her 90th birthday. This project is co-released by Starbucks Entertainment (yes, the coffee people) and Concord Records. Entitled Love Letters From Ella
, this CD contains ten gorgeous love songs with collaborations from Count Basie and his Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, guitarist Joe Pass and pianist André Previn.
From the first track right on to the last this collection of love songs brings Ella back to life. "Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone" swings with Count Basie and his Orchestra to start things off with a bang. Ella’s sultry vocals take hold with passion and romance and never lets go. "Cry Me A River" with accompaniment from The London Symphony Orchestra and arranged by Grammy nominee, Jorge Calandrelli continues the theme with style and class. With such classics as "You Turned The Tables On Me" and "I’ve Got The World On A String" with The London Symphony Orchestra and Joe Pass or the very cool and jazzy "Witchcraft," with its contagious toe tapping beat and velvety vocals, there’s surely a song for everyone. Love Letters From Ella
continues with the beautiful "My Old Flame" featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and Scott Hamilton. There’s more romance with "Take Love Easy" once again with the London Symphony Orchestra and a collaboration with Joe Pass. Also included on this enchanting collection is "The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)" featuring Joe Pass, and "Take Love Easy" which effortlessly showcases Ella’s sultry breathiness accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra and Joe Pass. Stunning. Love Letters From Ella
culminates with "Our Love Is Here To Stay" with André Previn and Niels-Henning Orstead Pedersen and "Some Other Spring" with Count Basie and his Orchestra, finishing as it began with passion, romance and love. Love Letters From Ella
brings Ella Fitzgerald back to life as she serenades us once again with classics sung as only "The First Lady Of Song" can sing them.