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"This CD reissues Ella Fitzgerald's second studio session with Duke Ellington, following her first (Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook) by eight years. The underrated set begins quietly with four emotional ballads (who else could hold their own with Johnny Hodges on "Passion Flower?") before Fitzgerald gets to scat a bit on the closing vamp of "Azure," comes up with fresh ideas on "Duke's Place" and closes the show by scatting up a storm on "Cotton Tail." The… read more


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