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Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald: Live at Montreux 1969

The world-famous Montreux festival was still a relatively low-luster affair when Ella Fitzgerald first showed up in June 1969–which adds to this 66-minute set’s homespun appeal. Never one for putting on airs, Fitzgerald is in her girlish element as she charms the SRO crowd with her fractured French and, iterating her perennial concert mantra, encourages pianist Tommy Flanagan to “play pretty for the people.”

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