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Ella Abraca Jobim

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Dreamer
4:54  
02
This Love That I've Found
5:16  
03
The Girl From Ipanema
3:50  
04
Somewhere In The Hills
3:56  
05
Photograph
3:48  
06
Wave
5:21  
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Triste
4:06  
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Quiet Night Of Quite Stars
5:39  
09
Water To Drink
2:44  
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Bonita
2:50  
11
Off Key
3:42  
12
He's A Carioca
5:12  
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Dindi
6:36  
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How Insensitive
2:59  
15
One Note Samba
3:52  
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A Felicidade
2:17  
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Useless Landscape
7:59  
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Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 75:01

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Wondering Sound

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04.22.11
Ella Fitzgerald, Ella Abraca Jobim
2000 | Label: Fantasy / Pablo

Not for nothing is Ella Fitzgerald still worshipped as the “First Lady of Song” — the three-octave vocal range and power of that voice never faltered. None could scat like Ella and this curious collection of the Grande Dame getting her Jobim on displays both the steadfast strength of her voice towards the end of her life and yields the fascinating “revelation” that such seminal black female song interpreters whose preeminence was eclipsed by rock… read more »

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Excellent

bozinaja

I agree that her voice is not in her prime on this album, but her phrasing and imagination are gorgeus! It is a great album, when you listen to it you can smell the sea and Brazil ;)

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odd, definitely not "classic" Ella

GentleGiant

As good as her later work gets, and chiefly because of the strength of the songs themselves. But the production is typical of the period - a bit too sappy for my tastes. Reminds me more than a little of the Louis Armstrong "With His Friends" record - very pop, very uncharacteristic. That said, it is Ella, and lukewarm Ella is better than no Ella at all.

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Icon: Ella Fitzgerald

By Will Friedwald, Contributor

"Man, woman, or child, Ella is the most!" Bing Crosby's much-quoted praise of Ella Fitzgerald is suspiciously similar to Duke Ellington's equally famous observation that Fitzgerald was "beyond category." They were both right: Fitzgerald was much greater than any other jazz singer or any other female singer; over the course of a career that lasted 60 years, she consistently transcended genre, gender and just about everything else. How amazing is it that Fitzgerald was unquestionably… more »

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Icon: Ella Fitzgerald

By Will Friedwald, Contributor

"Man, woman, or child, Ella is the most!" Bing Crosby's much-quoted praise of Ella Fitzgerald is suspiciously similar to Duke Ellington's equally famous observation that Fitzgerald was "beyond category." They were both right: Fitzgerald was much greater than any other jazz singer or any other female singer; over the course of a career that lasted 60 years, she consistently transcended genre, gender and just about everything else. How amazing is it that Fitzgerald was unquestionably… more »

They Say All Music Guide

For years, “The Girl from Ipanema” was a staple in Ella Fitzgerald’s songbook, so it’s something of a wonder that it was not until 1981 that Ella Abraca Jobim, Fitzgerald’s double-album immersion in Antonio Carlos Jobim’s back catalog, appeared. Ella’s first single-composer release since 1964′s tribute to Jerome Kern, Ella Abraca Jobim is, more than anything, final proof of the unassuming Brazilian’s place in jazz history alongside the great composers. Fitzgerald and her small group take songs like “Agua de Beber (Water to Drink)” at a slightly speedy a tempo, but she is in very good voice compared to some other recordings from her later years. Norman Granz’s production is typically excellent, and the arrangements are refreshingly free of the typical late-’70s/early-’80s post-fusion clichés. [The "original CD" contains one less track.] – Stewart Mason

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