Saturday, February 16, 2008

More Recordings to Look For

Much of the time I will suggest recordings by classical performers, of course; however, you will note that from time to time I will suggest recordings by popular artists because of the impact of their performances.
I thought of the unique melding of the legendary guitarist Joe Pass and the one-and-only Ella Fitzgerald, who made a few records with no other musicians involved.
The albums "Speak Love" and "Take Love Easy" are two of their best, along with one made in Montreux, Switzerland. There is an additional really singular album, titled "Ella and Joe...Again". These interpretations will leave you spellbound, as you will hear these two great musicians wrapping their magic around you in a manner indescribable.
Fitzgerald was moving into the latter part of her career when these two got together in the late 1970's and early 1980's, and her command of the story she tells at this point in her artistic life, coupled with the empathy Joe Pass gives to her voice will truly transport you to another place.
These albums are more than worth the effort, be assured.

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