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Ella - Someone To Watch Over Me is lilting and charming / Acoustic Levitation

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I was excited when I first read there was a disc of previously unreleased Ella in the pipeline, then dismayed when I received the download only to discover that Verve has taken classic Ella mono Decca and Verve tracks from 1950-61 and overdubbed new orchestral arrangements played by the London Symphony Orchestra.  Four of the arrangements are by the producers, James Morgan and Juliette Pochin, eight others by Jorge Calandrelli.  They are lilting and charming.  There's nothing to make you think that Ella's work has been cannibalized merely for profit.  The reason this works so well is the chosen tracks have minimal instrumentation to begin with, and these, and Ella's vocals weren't messed with.  

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