HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Review - Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles, Volume 1

Artist: Ella Fitzgerald

Posted on Thu, Dec 11, 2003 at 4:00 AM

Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles, Volume 1
Label: Verve
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Jukebox Ella: The Complete Verve Singles, Volume 1

For all the perfection and sheer emotional skill behind Ella Fitzgerald's five legendary decades as a singer, it's hard to remember that, sometimes, the lady was just an entertainer. Unafraid to tackle light novelty material in the hopes of getting a hit, these 36 songs (on two CDs) document the impact of Ella's mighty voice on such trifles as "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?" and "Hotta Chocolatta." It's a little disorienting for those who most readily associate her with more substantial songs, but she approached these songs -- released separately from her more lofty concept albums on Verve -- without prejudice. As flimsy as many of them are, they're nonetheless thrilling. It was probably harder to make "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" swing this hard, or to make "Beale Street Blues" sound somewhat fresh, than it was to canonize the Cole Porter songbook.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 25, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation