We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song
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|We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song|
|Studio album by Various|
|Released||June 6, 2007|
|Recorded||2006-2007 (exc. track 14)|
|Genre||Jazz, big band|
|Producer||Phil Ramone (exc. track 9)|
We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song is a 2007 tribute album to Ella Fitzgerald produced by Phil Ramone for Verve Records, released to mark the 90th anniversary of her birth. The "all-star" list of featured vocalists is backed for most part by an orchestra led by Rob Mounsey. The album contains the first release of a duet of Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder, who joined her on stage with her small band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1977.
- "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" (Van Alexander, Ella Fitzgerald)
- "Lullaby of Birdland" (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
- "The Lady Is a Tramp" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
- "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (Fabian Andre, Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt)
- "(If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)" (Sam Coslow)
- "Oh, Lady Be Good!" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
- "Reaching for the Moon" (Irving Berlin)
- "Blues in the Night" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
- "Miss Otis Regrets" (Cole Porter)
- "Someone to Watch over Me" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
- "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me" (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell)
- "Angel Eyes" (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis)
- "Too Close for Comfort" (Jerry Bock, George David Weiss, Larry Holofcener)
- "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (recorded live in New Orleans, 1977) (Stevie Wonder)
- "Airmail Special" (Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Mundy)
- Featured vocalists and instrumentalists
- Natalie Cole with Terry Trotter, piano
- Chaka Khan with Tony Kadleck, trumpet
- Queen Latifah
- Diana Krall with Hank Jones, both on piano
- Natalie Cole and Chaka Khan
- Dianne Reeves
- Lizz Wright with Regina Carter, violin, and Russell Malone, guitar
- Linda Ronstadt
- Gladys Knight
- Etta James
- k.d. lang with Tom Scott, tenor saxophone
- Michael Bublé
- Ella Fitzgerald joined by Stevie Wonder on vocal and piano
- Nikki Yanofsky
- Orchestra on tracks # 1–8, 11 and 12 was arranged and conducted by Rob Mounsey;
- "Someone to Watch over Me" (# 10) was arranged and conducted by Billy Childs;
- "Too Close for Comfort" (# 13) arranged by Billy Childs and conducted by Rob Mounsey;
- "Miss Otis Regrets" (# 9) sung by Linda Ronstadt with string trio and piano arranged by pianist Alan Broadbent, and produced, recorded and mixed by George Massenburg and co-produced by John Boylan.
- The bonus track "Airmail Special" (# 15) was arranged for a jazz quintet and conducted by double bassist John Clayton and produced by Tommy LiPuma.
- On tracks # 5, 6, 12 and 13 a string section is added to the big band.
- The Australian edition of the album added another bonus track, an interpretation of "Cotton Tail" sung by Dee Dee Bridgewater taken from her own tribute album Dear Ella (Verve, 1997).
- For full credits see We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song at Discogs
- Cf. We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song at Discogs
- For details see there.