Speak Love

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Speak Love
Studio album by Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass
Released 1983
Recorded March 21-22, 1983
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 42:33
Label Pablo
Producer Norman Granz
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
The Best Is Yet to Come
(1982)The Best Is Yet to Come1982
Speak Love
Nice Work If You Can Get It
(1983)Nice Work If You Can Get It1983
Joe Pass chronology
Virtuoso No. 4
(1983) Virtuoso No. 41983
Speak Love
(1983) Speak Love1983
Live at Long Beach City College
(1983) Live at Long Beach City College1983

Speak Love is a 1983 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by the jazz guitarist Joe Pass.

It is the third of Fitzgerald's series of duets with Pass, following Take Love Easy (1973) and Fitzgerald and Pass... Again (1976) a later album, Easy Living, followed in 1986.

The title of the album refers to the first line of the opening song on the album, "Speak Low", a quotation from Much Ado About Nothing.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Scott Yanow wrote of the album "...the setting was perhaps too intimate for what she had left. Fitzgerald's phrasing remained a joy despite the limited range, but there are many more significant records by the singer than this CD reissue despite touching versions of "Comes Love," "There's No You" and "Gone with the Wind.""[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Speak Low" (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill) – 4:13
  2. "Comes Love" (Lew Brown, Sam H. Stept, Charles Tobias) – 3:00
  3. "There's No You" (Tom Adair, Hal Hopper) – 4:45
  4. "I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)" (Harry Ruskin, Henry Sullivan) – 5:08
  5. "At Last" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 4:21
  6. "The Thrill Is Gone" {Medley} (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson) – 4:14
  7. "Gone with the Wind" (Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel) – 3:55
  8. "Blue and Sentimental" (Count Basie, Mack David, Jerry Livingston) – 3:06
  9. "Girl Talk" (Neal Hefti, Bobby Troup) – 4:09
  10. "Georgia on My Mind" (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) – 6:09



  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Speak Love > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 8, 2015.