Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Lovesong: Ella and Dinah

I know that there are a lot of great singers about who hit all the right notes, in the right order; but there don't seem that many with breath control and timing who can relax and just lean into a song; I guess that's what they used to call 'crooning'.
Have a look at this blues medley from 1959 by Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Shore. It's just stunning; no autotuner or backing tapes here, just unfettered talent, restrained application, raw energy and the love of a song. You kind of know it was a first take...

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