October 27, 2019 – 5:08 am


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Nice 1971 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Théâtre de Verdure, Nice, France; July 20, 1971. Very good FM broadcast.

Here is a review of Ella a Nice. Released in 1982, this was the July 21, 1971 show:

A 1971 live recording, from when Ella Fitzgerald was still at the peak of her vocal powers, Ella à Nice isn’t one of the vocalist’s all-time greatest live recordings, but it’s a very nice set placing her in the company in which she felt most comfortable, a simple piano/bass/drums trio led by her longtime musical partner, Tommy Flanagan. Most of the set list’s time is taken up by themed medleys such as “Aspects of Duke,” “The Bossa Scene,” and “The Many Faces of Cole Porter” that are perfectly nice but, as medleys tend to be, a little disappointing. One would rather hear Ella work her magic on the entirety of “The Girl From Ipanema” or “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me” than be teased with a verse and chorus.

On the other hand, the opening “Night and Day” is simply outstanding. Opening slowly with an extended vamp by Flanagan and bassist Frank DeLaRosa, the song settles gracefully into a mellow groove, with Ella’s patented scat solo a marvel of melodic improvisation. Though little in the following ten tracks reaches those heights (this was toward the end of that phase when Ella was unwisely covering pop hits of the day, and the set includes her takes on “Something” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” not to mention the actually entirely appropriate and well-done “Close to You”), Ella à Nice is an entirely pleasant diversion. - Stewart Mason, allmusic.com.

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Thanks to Cosmikd for sharing the show at Dime.

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Les Légendes du Jazz, France Musique

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Disc 1
Track 101. Saint Louis Blues 3:06
Track 102. Willow Weep For Me 4:25
Track 103. (They Long To Be) Close To You 2:53
Track 104. Mas Que Nada 4:40
Track 105. They Can’t Take That Away From Men 4:41
Track 106. Get Out Of Town/Easy To Love/You Do Something To Me 5:45
Track 107. Body And Soul/The Man I Love/I Loves You, Porgy 5:10
Track 108. Manteca 2:44
Track 109. Con Alma 9:29
43 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. ‘Round Midnight 6:30
Track 202. Sunny 3:52
Track 203. Mood Indigo/Do Nothin’ Til You Hear From Me/It Don’t Mean A Thing 7:45
Track 204. David Danced Before The Lord With All His Might 7:50
Track 205. Night And Day 7:04
Track 206. Summertime 2:37
Track 207. The Boy From Ipanema/Fly Me To The Moon/Agua De Beber 5:51
Track 208. Something 3:57
Track 209. Put A Little Love In Your Heart 4:40
50 mins

Ella Fitzgerald - vocals [except Disc 1: 9; Disc 2: 1, 4]
Tommy Flanagan - piano
Frank De La Rosa - bass
Ed Thigpen - drums

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  1. 4 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: ELLA FITZGERALD - NICE 1971”

  2. Some years ago Ella did a Jobim album, but it was past her vocal prime and the album was leaden. Her versions of the Jobim songs here are full of life and vocal dexterity. Thanks for another golden one, BigO!

    By Tony Pizza on Oct 27, 2019

  3. Is it Ella or is it Memorex? Then the glass shatters . Anybody remember that commercial? That’s how I remember her .

    By T J on Oct 27, 2019

  4. Cool. What a voice!

    By leesa on Oct 29, 2019

  5. thanks, big-o - great sound from a great lady!

    By I-) on Nov 20, 2019

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