Dee Dee Bridgewater’s ‘Dear Ella’ is a studio album (in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, who had died the previous year)recorded between January 29 and February 19, 1997 and released on September 30, 1997 by Verve.
Track Listing : 1.A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Van Alexander, Ella Fitzgerald) – 02:32 . 2.Mack The Knife (Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 03:59 . 3.Undecided (Leo Robin, Charlie Shavers) – 06:22 . 4.Midnight Sun (Sonny Burke, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mercer) – 07:22 . 5.Let’S Do It, Let’S Fall In Love (Cole Porter) – 03:31 . 6.How High The Moon (Morgan Hamilton, Nancy Lewis) – 05:05 . 7.(If You Can’T Sing It) You’Ll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini) (Sam Coslow) – 06:34 . 8.Cotton Tail (Duke Ellington) – 02:58 . 9.My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Cole Porter) – 05:05 . 10.(I’D Like To Get You On A) Slow Boat To China (Frank Loesser) – 02:57 . 11.Oh, Lady Be Good! (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 03:39 . 12.Stairway To The Stars (Matty Malneck, Mitchell Parish, Frank Signorelli) – 04:10 . 13.Dear Ella (Kenny Burrell) – 04:56
Musicians : Dee Dee Bridgewater – Vocals . Kenny Burrell – Guitar, Vocals . John Clayton – Conductor . Cecil Bridgewater – Conductor, Trumpet . Slide Hampton – Conductor, Trombone . Lou Levy – Piano . Ray Brown – Bass, Double Bass . André Ceccarelli – Drums . Grady Tate – Drums . Antonio Hart – Horn, Sax (Alto), Soloist . Clarence Banks – Horn, Soloist, Trombone . Virgil Jones – Horn, Soloist, Trumpet . Jeff Clayton – Sax (Alto) . Patience Higgins – Sax (Baritone) . Teodross Avery – Sax (Tenor) . Bill Easley – Sax (Tenor) . Benny Powell – Trombone . Robert Trowers – Trombone . Douglas Purviance – Trombone (Bass) . Byron Stripling – Trumpet . Ron Tooley – Trumpet . Diego Urcola – Trumpet . Milt Jackson – Vibraphone . J. Graham – Viola . G. Jackson – Viola . J. “Buddie” Archer – Violin . Boguslaw Kostecki – Violin . A. Noland – Violin . T. Williams – Violin . R. Wilson – Violin . R. Heisser Wilson – Violin . Peter Willison – Cello . R. Jowitt – Clarinet . T.C. Kelly – Clarinet . A. Wallbank – Clarinet (Bass) . R. Taylor – Flute . F. Robert Lloyd – Horn . R.J. Morgan – Oboe . A. Hakin – Percussion . J. Anderson – Tuba
Production : Produced By Dee Dee Bridgewater . Peter Doell – Assistant Engineer . Koji Egawa – Assistant Engineer . Brian Garten – Assistant Engineer . Alex Marcou – Assistant Engineer . Rob Eaton – Engineer . Leslie Ann Jones – Engineer . Al Schmitt – Engineer, Mixing . Keith Grant – Engineer
Package : Jean Luc Barilla – Design . Dee Dee Bridgewater – Liner Notes . Philippe Pierangeli – Photography
Recorded Between January 29 And February 19, 1997.
Released On September 30, 1997 By Verve.
All About Jazz
Overall, this disc is a good, pleasant listen for fans of scatting and upbeat big band swing singing. While the theme is a tribute to Ella, don’t pick this up expecting to hear her ghost. While Bridgewater is brave enough to take on all this material and the legend of Ella, she is also smart enough to realize there is only one Ellaand that she needs to sing like Dee Dee to be successful. […]
So it is fitting that Bridgewater follows up last year’s successful tribute to Horace Silver with this one to Ella. And it works: Dee Dee is in fine form, strong of voice and with that wry sense of the world that allows her to laugh with the lyrics she is interpreting. […]
This is certainly Dee Dee Bridgewater‘s most ambitiousand finest recorded production. You have to appreciate the reality of Fitzgerald’s influence on thousands of musicians, but on this CD, it all comes home to roost. Highly recommended, for the singer’s attitude and the brilliant backup musicians who nod in total agreement. […]