Ella Fitzgerald: Love Letters From Ella (2007)
The end result is late period Ella, still in fine form, with an orchestral backing that replicates the classic recordings from decades earlier with arranger/composer Frank DeVol. It's nice to have new tracks that sound remarkably similar to the singer's classic recordings.
As an added bonus we get a handful of recordings with pianist Andre Previn, a few with guitarist Joe Pass, and one with Count Basie's band. All are fantastic. The recordings with Pass are a particular revelation; not enough credit is given to this guitar master and his ability to tastefully back singers with appropriate comping and tasteful solos (the duo even gets the London Symphony on one track, a glorious example of juicing up the tracks of two deceased masters).
This release is a joint venture between Starbucks and Concord Records. While no substitute for the classic recordings, it's nice to have new Ella recordings to enjoy.
Track Listing: Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone; Cry Me A River; You Turned The Tables On Me; I've Got The World On A String; Witchcraft; My Old Flame; The One I Love; Take Love Easy; Our Love Is Here To Stay; Some Other Spring.
Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald: vocal; The London Symphony Orchestra; Andre Previn: Piano; Joe Pass: guitar.
Record Label: Concord Music Group