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Adrienne West With Alessio Menconi: With Love to Ella and Joe

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Ella Fitzgerald’s years at Verve, largely under the expert guidance of Norman Granz, remain her most celebrated. Yet only once during that period was she provided the opportunity to record with just guitar. On “Wait Till You See Her,” off 1956’s Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book, she can be heard alone with Barney Kessel. But two decades later, when Granz founded Pablo and re-signed Ella, voice-guitar albums featuring the virtuosic Joe Pass became a pillar of her output.

Though American, Pass (née Passalacqua) was of Italian descent. Fittingly, nearly half a century after Pass met Ella, Italian guitarist Alessio Menconi unites with African-American vocalist Adrienne West to pay tribute to that classic pairing.

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