Dear Ella

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Dear Ella
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1997
RecordedJanuary 29, 1997 –February 19, 1997
GenreVocal jazz
Dee Dee Bridgewater chronology
Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver
Dear Ella
Live at Yoshi's
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle3.5/5 stars[2]

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.


Raoul Hernandez of The Austin Chronicle stated "As with nature, music is in a constant state of regeneration. For every fallen John Coltrane there's a James Carter, for every departed Miles Davis, a Terence Blanchard. Sometimes it takes generations to fill a hole, but new trees sprout every day. One forest in need of re-seeding has long been the Satin Doll woods, where craters left by Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald still gape. Only recently has Cassandra Wilson helped fill the gap, and now with Dear Ella, Dee Dee Bridgewater is ready to take her side."[2]

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



  • 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
French Albums (SNEP)[3] 46
US Jazz Albums (Billboard)[4] 5


  1. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dear Ella". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Hernandez, Raoul (November 21, 1997). "Record Reviews | DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  3. ^ " – DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER – DEAR ELLA". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dear Ella Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 2, 2013.