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Ella Fitzgerald - The Berlin Lost Tapes makes 'makes 'JazzTimes: 10 Best of 2020'

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JazzTimes writes.....For our 2020 Year in Review section, we calculated the top 40 new releases and top 10 historical/reissue recordings of 2020 based on year-end lists by our writers. They were asked to choose the 10 best new releases and five best historical titles-i.e., albums and box sets consisting primarily of music recorded 10 or more years ago. Albums and box sets released between Nov. 10, 2019 and Nov. 13, 2020 were eligible. Some discs may have slipped through the cracks, however, as official release dates shifted or weren't available.  Included on the list is; Ella Fitzgerald: Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes (Verve)

Just shy of 45, Ella was in sensational form in 1962 when she sang at Berlin's Sportpalast. Her set, brimming with nuance and vitality, was recorded in state-of-the-art fidelity but never released till now. Performances of standards ("Summertime," "Cheek to Cheek," "Mack the Knife") are definitive, but it's the oddities-like her cover of Ray Charles' "Hallelujah I Love Him So"-that give the program that extra pizzazz. JEFF TAMARKIN

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