Friday, December 17, 2004

Wreck The Halls

There's rarely--if ever--been another singer like Ella Fitzgerald, whose glowing personality and seamless singing talents always make it sound deceptively easy to sing as beautifully as she did. Cool phrasing, wonderful intonation, and a guileless voice (perfect for Christmas music) were just a few of her vocal trademarks. Fitzgerald's Christmas record (first released in 1967), however, seems geared more toward mainstream fans and thus may disappoint those keener on her jazz orientation. That said, faithful vocal renditions and arrangements of classics such as "O Holy Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" find Ella in her simple but elegant, heartfelt best. One could quibble with the schmaltzy backing vocals that color standards like "We Three Kings" and the more playful "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." But with someone like this queen of song leading the mix, you might just find yourself joining in on the chorus. Ho Ho Ho.

Ella Fitzgerald - Frosty The Snowman


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