Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald: A Fine Romance


A Fine Romance


Louis Armstrong (vocals) and Ella Fitzgerald (vocals)


Louis Armstrong: The Essential Collection (Cleopatra 1276)

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Louis Armstrong (vocals), Ella Fitzgerald (vocals), Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), Louie Bellson (drums).

Composed by Jerome Kern


Recorded: Hollywood, July and August 1957


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

It's hard to be disappointed when two of the greatest jazz singers in history share the same recording studio. But this is more than just another all-star date. Louis and Ella left us a masterpiece with their timeless version of the Jerome Kern standard. No grandstanding here or sly games of one-upmanship, just delightful music-making exuding the joie de vivre that helped define these two larger-than-life musical personalities. They treat each other with respect, spiced with coyness and the lightest dose of sensuality -- just what we expect from two courting lovebirds. A fine romance indeed!

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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