Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Jukebox: Simple Perfection Edition

Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, 1975.

I prefer the simple opening and closing sections of this number.

Yes, Ella can swing it, yes, Peterson is pure magic on the piano, yes, yes, but...Ella's voice is so perfectly clear and cool that I don't think she needs to swing this tune. On its own merits - and on her voice - it stands alone.


Talyssa said...

I love your Friday Jukebox segment almost as much as I loved this song. I love the tone in Ella's voice it just feels so relaxing and makes me feel as if I'm in some swanky jazz club where this perfectly suave man walks up to me and...woah...letting my imagination get carried away there...

FDChief said...

And here I just observed that in your most recent photoshoot you looked like a young Audrey Hepburn, Talyssa.

So why shouldn't you be there, all cool composure in your elegant outfit, your dark hair swept up in a fashionable chignon, as the gentlemen all admire you and the music plays in the background full of sultry promise..?

Lisa said...

Agreed, Chief ... Ella didn't need to swing it.

Now I'm thinking of her, "There's a Small Motel" (not sure of the title.) Beautiful execution, beautiful sentiments.