Ella Fitzgerald, Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook
The definitive collection of Ellington's output as a songwriter
Over the years, Fitzgerald worked with other bandleaders, and Duke Ellington teamed with other star singers, but the combination of Ella and Ellington — which extended to several studio albums, a TV special, and a concert tour — was a truly sainted one — quite possibly the greatest collaboration of either career. Their first and biggest project together was the ambitious Ella Fitzgerald sings the Duke Ellington Songbook, which, to this day, still stands as the definitive collection of Ellington's output as a songwriter. As a bonus, the third of three discs contains a lovely instrumental work composed by the Maestro for the occasion, "A Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald."