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Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson – Ella And Oscar


For this Pablo set, Ella Fitzgerald is heard on half of the program in duets with pianist Oscar Peterson and for the remainder in trios with Peterson and bassist Ray Brown. In general the performances are memorable (particularly “How Long Has This Been Going On,” “More than You Know,” “Midnight Sun” and “April in Paris”) with the emphasis on ballads. Although her voice had slipped a little by this time, the results are still rewarding and swinging.

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AllMusic Review by AllMusic

Although Ella Fitzgerald worked in many different settings, from big bands to guitar-and-voice duets to sets with nearly every piano player in the business (from Duke Ellington on down), one could make a case that her best recordings were made with Oscar Peterson and his small bands. Released in 1976, Ella and Oscar is one of those classic recordings, an album that’s as spare and intimate as any that the pair ever issued. In fact, the only other performer featured on this set is Peterson’s longtime bassist Ray Brown, whose contributions are minimal. These songs, from the mellifluous “Mean to Me” to a languid “April in Paris,” are simple and beautiful.


1. Mean To Me
2. How Long Has This Been Going on?
3. When Your Lover Has Gone
4. More Than You Ever Know
5. There’s A Lull In My Life
1. Midnight Sun
2. Midnight Sun
3. Street Of Dreams
4. April In Paris


Additional information

Weight 0.760 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm