JAZZ

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

TRIB­UTE al­bums are no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to pull off. Even the re­cent A Trib­ute to Joni Mitchell , packed to the scup­pers as it was with rev­er­en­tial Cana­di­ans, still man­aged to sound patchy and in­sub­stan­tial. The net ef­fect was just a de­sire to haul old Mitchell CDs from the back of the shelves. But We All Love Ella is in a dif­fer­ent league, not least be­cause Ella Fitzger­ald was a jazz singer. ( Mitchell ran the gaunt­let from folk, jazz, rock and pop to ex­per­i­men­tal.) Some would say Fitzger­ald was a singer’s singer, in­deed a mu­si­cian’s singer, who sang and im­pro­vised as in­ven­tively as any horn player. Lu­mi­nar­ies such as Diana Krall ( Dream a Lit­tle Dream of Me), Michael Bu­ble ( Too Close for Com­fort ), Natalie Cole ( A Tisket a Tas­ket ), Chaka Khan ( Lul­laby of Bird­land ) and even the sur­pris­ingly ter­rific Queen Latifah ( The Lady is a Tramp ) sim­ply want to show the world what Fitzger­ald meant to them. It makes fine lis­ten­ing. A stun­ning high­light is the pres­ence of the lady her­self on You are the Sun­shine of my Life , a 1977 live duet with Ste­vie Won­der. We All Love Ella Var­i­ous artists Verve/ Uni­ver­sal

Ian Cuth­bert­son

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