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Ella and Louis
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What we have here is the mating of honey and molasses. Or is it the sound of melted butter over gravel? Never mind--sweeter, more joyous music has never been recorded (although the follow-up, Ella and Louis Again, may be even better). You can't listen to these two without smiling. It's such an inevitable pairing that you wonder what titanic forces of nature could have kept Ella and Satchmo apart until they made this record together in 1957, accompanied by the Oscar Peterson trio and Buddy Rich on drums. The songs are standards--extraordinary standards, of course, like "Moonlight in Vermont" and "A Foggy Day"--but nirvana is reached on "Cheek to Cheek." Heaven. --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews:

  • A desert island disc for sure!
    Two of the greatest popular musical performers of the 20th century, "Ella and Louis" together make beautiful music. "Stars Fell on Alabama," "Cheek to Cheek," "A Foggy Day," "Can't We Be Friends?," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "Under a Blanket of Blue" - this is an unbeatable collection of pop standards. Truly a desert island disc....more info
  • WOW
    About all I can say is WOW! If this album doesn't get your foot taping, check your pulse. An amazing blend of two of the most recognizable and beautiful voices with a powerful musical backing. Hearing their verbal play during each recording gives me chills. You'll likely hold the album close to your heart as I do to mine. Enjoy!...more info
  • am I only allowed 5 stars?
    5 stars? 50 stars...500 stars! This is truly as good as it gets. Two masters at their peak with the greatest music ever. and Oscar Peterson and Buddy Rich, too...ridiculously great music....more info
  • Something for those quiet nights with the significant other
    Ella with her voice...Louis with his trumpet... every single song on this album warms the heart and puts you in the mood for a cuddle by the fire. Brilliantly put together, the songs are slow and smooth; an ideal gift for valentine's. Without a doubt somthing to be played with your significant other during a romantic, moonlit dinner. A must for hopeless romantics!...more info
  • Pure Magic
    Sometimes perfection is achieved when very different properties are brought together in ideal alignment. Such is the case here. Alone, Satchmo's voice resembles sandpaper at best. Ella has a wildly overrated voice but her tone is sweet and clear, and the emotion is always near the surface. The pairing offers a perfect point/counter-point, the two-faced nature of love if you will. What really sends the project over the top is the material itself, these are standards that became standards because they are great. Most notable of all is the restraint. While it may be a studio full of showboats, without exception the performances are straight, simple, and drenched in love. Get it and you will never forget it. ...more info
  • Music for Everyone!
    No matter what your musical taste, it's hard to imagine that you won't love this combination. Ella & Louis are, of course, the standards by which all other jazz vocalists learn and are judged; the songs are the brightest gems from the jewel box that is the great American standard songbook; and oh, by the way, the accompanists are the redoubtable Oscar Peterson trio. Just the best in the biz, that's all. If you're a jazz aficionado, you'll find a wealth to love and appreciate; if you're a casual listener, count on it!...This is music that'll just make you happy. Get it and enjoy it for the rest of your life....more info
  • Una gran combinaci¨®n
    Una combinaci¨®n excelente. Son temas magn¨ªficos y muy pegadizos. Es para bailar y cantar a full....more info
  • The Best
    Just buy it and listen to the two best jazz artists have fun....more info
  • No sweeter sound than this
    It's hard to believe that this album is almost 50 years old. The fact that they chose to perform some of the greatest jazz songs of all time, together none the less, only adds to the timelessness of this album. Ella's sweet voice paired with Louis' trumpet and beautiful, raspy pipes, takes these classics to a new level. Listening to the album over and over again, you begin to realize that every song is as close to perfect as it can get. It's wonderful to just close your eyes and listen, imagining the two of them, along with an unbelievable group of background musicians including Buddy Rich on the drums, in a dark studio singing their favorite songs, all the while thinkking about the one that you love.

    It's as close to being a soundtrack for the feeling of love that this century, and the future ones, will ever get....more info

  • Convergence without Compromise
    You could not have more of a contrast between two voices between Ella and Louis. Ella's: like a glass of warm milk, silky and smooth. Louis': like a bear hug, rough and tumble. Who would think this combination would work? Both artists had such huge successes singing on their own and have such distinct styles, that you would think that their voices would conflict with each other in an egomaniacal disaster.

    And yet there is a convergence without compromise. Their voices play off of each other, complementing each other's features, and yet nothing is lost in each's distinctness. They both bring everything they have to the table, and magically somehow, the table is big enough to fit everything.

    And then there is Louis' trumpet, with such tone that you'd think there was a third voice on this album. Such raw emotion, it almost speaks to the listener.

    This might sound like the most pretentious statement of the week, I must admit. Yet listen to the interplay of voices in "Cheek to Cheek", the trumpet solo in "Moonlight in Vermont", the tranquility of "The Nearness of You", the subtle swing of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and you will see that what I said doesn't even come close to encapsulating what this record is.

    I don't feel this way about too many albums, jazz or not. I don't go out and make statements like this frequently; I am almost ashamed at how culture-snobbish it sounds. But it's sincere. Listen to this album, and you'll see what I mean....more info

  • check with your doctor
    if you can listen to this album without a big grin on your face, see your doctor. chances are, you're dead....more info
  • Slow, but wonderfully invigorating.
    If ever there were magic caught on a recording, it happened on one day in August 1956 in Los Angeles when these six musicians worked together to produce it. Ella and Louis are the vocalists, Louis alternating on trumpet. The Oscar Peterson Trio and Buddy Rich, drums, complete the sextet. The tracks, all perennial favorites at the time, are ensured of immortality by this recording. All items are slow moving, but such is the buoyant, easy rhythm these artists set you will find the effect is wonderfully invigorating. Australian and Californian listeners might agree with me that the sound of Louis Armstrong's trumpet playing is similar to the sound produced by an improvised arrangement of eucalyptus leaves on a player's lips....more info
  • Convergence without Compromise
    You could not have more of a contrast between two voices between Ella and Louis. Ella's: like a glass of warm milk, silky and smooth. Louis': like a bear hug, rough and tumble. Who would think this combination would work? Both artists had such huge successes singing on their own and have such distinct styles, that you would think that their voices would conflict with each other in an egomaniacal disaster.
    And yet there is a convergence without compromise. Their voices play off of each other, complementing each other's features, and yet nothing is lost in each's distinctness. They both bring everything they have to the table, and magically somehow, the table is big enough to fit everything.

    And then there is Louis' trumpet, with such tone that you'd think there was a third voice on this album. Such raw emotion, it almost speaks to the listener.

    This might sound like the most pretentious statement of the week, I must admit. Yet listen to the interplay of voices in "Cheek to Cheek", the trumpet solo in "Moonlight in Vermont", the tranquility of "The Nearness of You", the subtle swing of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and you will see that what I said doesn't even come close to encapsulating what this record is.

    I don't feel this way about too many albums, jazz or not. I don't go out and make statements like this frequently; I am almost ashamed at how culture-snobbish it sounds. But it's sincere. Listen to this album, and you'll see what I mean....more info

  • Great re-mastering and wonderful music
    I am always skeptical of music that claims to be re-mastered. I have a reference audio system and any flaw stands out immediately. I have a large collection of re-mastered cd's I simply don't listen to because they sound flat and not musical at all. Verve my hat's off to the re-mastering of this cd...It's spectaculiar. The music is dynamic, clear and all the instruments are perfect. Quality re-mastering and wonderful music that I can get lost in..simply perfect!...more info
  • Touches the Soul
    What a wonderful experience.... I've been cycling through this CD over and over since I bought it. It really keeps me warm and relaxed. I find myself swaying (even while driving) and singing along seems to be unavoidable. I'll be buying the rest of the Island series now!...more info
  • Love Verve recordings
    Brilliant. Verve are by far the best for authentic jazz recordings - they really retain the original sound....more info
  • If there's a fire in my house.....
    ...this would be one of the 5 CDs I'd take with me out of the 700+ I own. This is standards jazz at its greatest. It not only features two of the best and most iconic jazz vocal interpreters of all time, but also people like Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Herb Ellis as the swinging and relaxed musicians, with Armstrong on the trumpet, of course. Jazz takes many forms as it evolves, but this is the sweet, plain vanilla flavor that never goes out of style. The joy that went into making it is palpable and you can see it just on the cover picture. This is great to play in any setting: car, home, dinner. A great introduction to anyone who is interested in learning about jazz.
    ...more info