FABRIQUE AND RUGGIERO DISCUSS ALL THINGS ELLA ON THE COLIN MCENROE SHOW – SEPT. 15

ELLA FITZGERALD STARTED HER MUSIC CAREER WANTING TO BE A DANCER.

By Colin McEnroe

Every once in a while you hear somebody say Ella Fitzgerald was overrated. The person saying this usually has in mind Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday or Betty Carter or Bessie Smith or all of the above, and the implied notion is that Ella somehow to did not pour her heart and soul and history and funk into her singing.

On this show, we talk about that. To spend a little time reviewing Ella’s work is to be reminded that what she really had was a versatility we may have never seen before or since. She could take a Cole Porter ballad like “Love for Sale” and make it bleed beautifully, pulling all of those almost European colors out of it. She could take a trifle like “A Tisket, a Tasket” and make it swing like it had no business doing. What Ella Fitzgerald really did was to apply herself to the music in front of her, instead of molding the music to her style.

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