Cheek to Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings

  • Type: Music
  • By: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Jazz/Blues/Soul
  • Recommended by: Amy S.
  • ISBN/UPC: 602557627725
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These dazzling duets make a fine romance!

The two musical legends Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong can’t be any more amazing than when paired together in this packed collection of duets produced by Verve featuring some of their most memorable songs. Overflowing with vintage charm, listening to this set is like sinking into an audible easy chair. Each voice is distinct but together creates a magical blend ranging from upbeat pep to gently soothing, turning the mostly romantic monologues into dazzling duets with classics like, “Cheek to Cheek”, “The Nearness of You”, and “A Fine Romance.” Louis’ marble baritone is the perfect compliment to Ella’s buttery lead vocals, while his trumpet playing pops n polishes the beats along the way in perfect accompaniment, as in “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “Under A Blanket of Blue”, and “Stars Fell On Alabama.” The lesser known “Oops!” and “The Frim Fram Sauce” are surprising fun and your mood can’t help but be uplifted, especially with the catchy, “the Sun Was Shining Everywhere.” The last half of the second CD has some curious repeat takes of Louis performing songs from the theatrical production of Porgy and Bess, and though not a necessity, it does shed light on the incredible work involved for even seasoned performers to produce a “perfect track”. A warning: this collection is so enjoyable you may find yourself looking for a copy online to purchase, as I did! The gems performed by these musical icons make this CD worthy of a repeat performance and thankfully due to digital technology you can, over and over again.