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Ella - Someone to Watch Over Me. Appealing and addictive / JazzWax

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This past Friday, Someone to Watch Over Me: Ella With the London Symphony Orchestra (Verve) was released and features 12 original vocals with new orchestrations. The purist in me wants to tell you the Ella experiment is all wrong but in truth, it's highly appealing and addictive. Produced by James Morgan and Juliette Pochin (above), the album doesn't encroach on Ella's original vocals or diminish them. Instead, they enrich her original vocal and focus your ear on the majestic quality of her delivery. I must confess, enjoying this album feels like getting caught at the fridge late at night eating a slice of strawberry shortcake. You can't stop listening. [Photo above courtesy of James Morgan]

For the Ella album, the London Symphony Orchestra was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. Most of the arrangements were by Jorge Calandrelli (above), with Morgan and Pochin handling Makin' Whoopee! and These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You). Arrangements were written with enormous sensitivity to play off Ella's original vocals. Once the orchestra tracks were completed, Ella's vocal tracks were skillfully added and seamlessly synced. There are two duets-one with Gregory Porter on People Will Say We're in Love and another with Louis Armstrong on They Can't Take That Away From Me.

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