Friday, December 07, 2007

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

It seems that if you have an Ella Christmas album it's this one, but I hope this will be new to some. Actually, I take that back. Hopefully you've been listening to this for years and haven't been missing out on a thing, cos this record is fantastic. As compared to Ella's Christmas Album, the Swinging Christmas offers hElla a lot more room to have maneuver and have fun and consequently makes for a more vibrant and Ella-y record. Don't get me wrong, they're both great, but as David Sprague notes, the album was made in 1960, "at the peak of her interpretive powers," and the creativity, flexibility and general kickassability of E Fitzgerald is all there. And the cover is absolutely adorable.

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