EllaGeek User Reviews:

Date Posted Title Authorsort icon Reviewing THIS song or album Teaser
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 05:05 Let's Do It mojo
Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (1956)

Another list song, which Mojo likes. Another Twoo Wuuv song, which Mojo can take or leave. And a hair draggy for my taste, but it's entertaining enough for Mojo to let it slide. Even though it's draggy, Ella still manages to swing it, if...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 05:47 Setting Up The Stage: mojo
Setting Up The Stage: Tuning Up; Granz And Fitzgerald Talking

Ummm... you could buy this mp3 if you really really wanted to, but I wouldn't bother. I can't imagine why Amazon would offer this as a separate track except to flog another 89 cents out of you.

Oh, wait, I'm...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 05:08 That Old Black Magic mojo
That Old Black Magic (1960)

I thought my first exposure to this song was Liza Minnelli singing it on the Muppet Show with Dr. Teeth. I seem to remember them dancing with Dr. Teeth's scarily-long striped arms and him shouting "Put out the fire!" when called upon. So I did a...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 14:50 But Not For Me mojo
But Not For Me (1959)

This version of "But Not For Me" won Ella a Grammy for best female vocal performance in 1960, and if you have ears you can immediately hear why. Everything about this song is just achingly perfect--tempo, mood, pitch. Of course when you are...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 06:58 Ella Sings the Gershwin Songbook mojo
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook

This is another must-have if you are an Ella fan, a Nelson Riddle fan and/or a Gershwin fan. Nearly three hours of music--some standards, some obscurities. Ira Gershwin himself helped the project, and is famously quoted for saying that he had "...

Monday, September 14, 2009 - 05:57 Our Love Is Here to Stay mojo
Love Is Here to Stay (1960)

Yeah, I know, the PROPER name of this song is just "LOVE Is Here to Stay", but that's not how the lyrics go. Researching this song on Wikipedia tells us Ira wanted to change the name but never got around to it. It's also the last...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 05:59 My One and Only mojo
My One and Only (1959)

I've always thought of this song as a tap dance waiting to happen. I suppose this is true of a lot of musical theater songs, at least from the 1920s and 30s, and the Gershwins got many of their shows and songs turned into Hollywood musicals with...

Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 16:31 I LOVE This Album.... mojo
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook

This (well, "Volume 1", at least) was the very first CD I ever purchased. Back in the late '80s, I spent about a solid week's pay on a new-fangled portable CD player, and to celebrate my Favorite Brother and I went to the record store (as they...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 05:56 Gone With the Wind mojo
Gone With the Wind (1960)

Ahhh. Now THIS is the first song in this excellent concert, as far as I'm concerned, since it was the opening song in the original CD, before they added all the bonus songs.

Friday, September 18, 2009 - 05:39 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off mojo
Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (1959)

When I was a wee lass I was a diehard Monty Python fan. Which has nothing whatsoever to do with Ella and only has a very slight relevance to this song.