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Ella Fitzberald: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Song Book

Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, George Shearing and Oscar Peterson at the February 12, 1990, "Hearts for Ella" tribute concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Drawing comparisons among the eight entries in Ella Fitzgerald’s legendary Verve songbook series is like suggesting Cartier sells finer diamonds than Tiffany. Still, it’s hard not to recognize a heightened brightness and clarity in the three volumes arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle.

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