Ella Fitzgerald: Flying Home


Flying Home


Ella Fitzgerald (vocals)


The Legendary Decca Recordings (GRP 46482)

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Ella Fitzgerald (vocals),

with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra


Composed by Benny Goodman & Lionel Hampton


Recorded: October 4, 1945


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Recorded in 1945, but unreleased until 1947, “Flying Home” is a key track in Ella’s huge discography and a watershed in her career. It was the product of over two years' experimentation during live performances in extending the boundaries of jazz singing, and remains among the finest jazz vocal records of all time. In it she harnessed scat singing for its musical potential rather than exploring any subjective dimension of her singing. While on the one hand it was rightly hailed as a vocal tour-de-force, on the other it showed, for those who cared to listen, that as early as 1945 she was already aligning herself with the new thing in music: bebop. It would turn out to be one of the most important career moves of her life, but one that would take a couple of years to be fully realized.

Reviewer: Stuart Nicholson

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