Dee Dee Bridgewater begins the recording of ‘Dear Ella,’ a tribute album to Ella Fitzgerald for Verve (1997)

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.


Dee Dee Bridgewater begins the recording of ‘Dear Ella,’ a tribute album to Ella Fitzgerald for Verve (1997)

1 . AT(isket, asket (1997, The Jazzfest Berlin))

2 . Mack The Knife

3 . Undecided (w/ The Italian Big Band)

4 . Mr. Paganini (1997, The Jazzfest Berlin)

5 . Cotton Tail (1997, The Jazzfest Berlin)

6 . Cotton Tail (w/ The Italian Big Band)

7 . My Heart Belongs To Daddy (1997, The Jazzfest Berlin)

8 . Oh, Lady Be Good! (1997, The Jazzfest Berlin)

9 . Oh, Lady Be Good (w/ The Italian Big Band)

10 . Stairway To The Stars (1997, The Jazzfest Berlin)

Track Listing : 1.Eco (Jackie Mclean) – 06:09 . 2.Poor Eric (Larry Willis) – 10:12 . 3.Christel’S Time (Larry Willis) – 10:34 . 4.Right Now (Charles Tolliver) – 09:29

Musicians : Jackie Mclean – Alto Saxophone . Larry Willis – Piano . Bob Cranshaw – Bass . Clifford Jarvis – Drums

Production : Produced By Alfred Lion Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Francis Wolff – Photography . Reid Miles – Cover Design . Phyl Garland – Liner Notes . Bob Blumenthal – Liner Notes . Micaela Boland – Art Direction

Recorded On January 29, 1965 At Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs.

Released In 1965 By Blue Note.

(Source Dee Dee Bridgewater – Dear Ella | Dear Ella | Dee Dee Bridgewater @ Facebook)


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. […]


Dee Dee Bridgewater‘s ‘Dear Ella’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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