Dear Ella

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Dear Ella
Studio album by Dee Dee Bridgewater
Released September 30, 1997
Recorded January 29, 1997 –February 19, 1997
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 36:31
Label Verve
Dee Dee Bridgewater chronology
Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver
(1997)
Dear Ella
(1997)
Live at Yoshi's
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars Review

Dear Ella is a 1997 studio album by Dee Dee Bridgewater, recorded in tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, who had died the previous year.

For Dear Ella, Bridgewater won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Slide Hampton won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for his arrangement of "Cotton Tail" at the 40th Grammy Awards.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" (Van Alexander, Ella Fitzgerald) – 2:32
  2. "Mack the Knife" (Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 3:59
  3. "Undecided" (Leo Robin, Charlie Shavers) – 6:22
  4. "Midnight Sun" (Sonny Burke, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mercer) – 7:22
  5. "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" (Cole Porter) – 3:31
  6. "How High the Moon" (Morgan Hamilton, Nancy Lewis) – 5:05
  7. "(If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)" (Sam Coslow) – 6:34
  8. "Cotton Tail" (Duke Ellington) – 2:58
  9. "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" (Porter) – 5:05
  10. "(I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China" (Frank Loesser) – 2:57
  11. "Oh, Lady be Good!" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:39
  12. "Stairway to the Stars" (Matty Malneck, Mitchell Parish, Frank Signorelli) – 4:10
  13. "Dear Ella" (Kenny Burrell) – 4:56

Personnel[edit]

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater - vocals
  • Cecil Bridgewater – trumpet, arranger, conductor
  • Virgil Jones – trumpet, horn, soloist
  • Byron Stripling – trumpet
  • Ron Tooley – trumpet
  • Diego Urcola – trumpet
  • Slide Hampton – trombone, arranger, conductor
  • Clarence Banks - trombone, horn, soloist
  • Benny Powell – trombone
  • Robert Trowers – trombone
  • Douglas Purviance – bass trombone
  • F. Robert Lloyd - horn
  • J. Anderson – tuba
  • Antonio Hart – alto saxophone, soloist
  • Jeff Clayton – alto saxophone
  • Teodross Avery – tenor saxophone
  • Bill Easley – tenor saxophone
  • Patience Higgins – baritone saxophone
  • R. Taylor – flute
  • R. Jowitt – clarinet
  • A. Wallbank – bass clarinet
  • R.J. Morgan - oboe
  • Lou Levy – piano, arranger
  • Milt Jackson – vibraphone
  • Kenny Burrell – guitar, arranger
  • Ray Brown – double bass
  • Grady Tate – drums
  • André Ceccarelli – drums
  • A. Hakin – percussion
  • Boguslaw Kostecki, A. Noland, T. Williams, R. Wilson – violin
  • J. Graham and G. Jackson – viola
  • Peter Willison – cello
  • John Clayton – big band arranger and conductor

Production[edit]

  • Rob Eaton, Keith Grant, Al Schmitt – engineer
  • Peter Doell, Koji Egawa, Brian Garten, Alex Marcou – assistant engineer
  • Jean Luc Barilla – design
  • Philippe Pierangeli – photography

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[1] 46
US Jazz Albums (Billboard)[2] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER – DEAR ELLA". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dear Ella Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 2, 2013.