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Ella & Louis – Patti Austin | James Morrison
Legendary Grammy award-winning vocalist Patti Austin and Australian trumpet maestro James Morrison come together to relive the timeless hits of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in their new album on ABC Jazz.
Recorded live in concert across two sold-out nights at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Austin and Morrison are joined by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of the centennial of Fitzgerald’s birth.
Patti Austin experienced the legendary pair first-hand: “To grow up watching, learning from Ella and Louis, and now to do my part to hopefully enhance their legacy – it just doesn’t get any better than that!’, she comments. Few performers have the credentials to pull off a fitting and genuinely thrilling tribute to ‘The First Lady of Song’ – Ella Fitzgerald – but Austin possesses the heritage, experience and voice to do so. Since debuting at the Apollo Theatre at the tender age of four, with the encouragement of her godparents Dinah Washington and Quincy Jones, Austin’s six-decade career has seen her work with artists as diverse as Randy Brecker, Michael Jackson and George Benson.
As a virtuoso instrumentalist and ambassador for jazz, James Morrison has followed closely in the footsteps of Louis Armstrong. In 2017, Morrison was invited to perform in a tribute to Armstrong at the BBC Proms, earning stellar reviews across the international press; his Great American Songbook, recorded at Abbey Road Studios, recently won the ARIA Award for Best Jazz Album. Morrison and Austin reunited for this recording after their previous performance together at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Quincy Jones.
The landmark collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong was the pinnacle of an era. This album features the very finest from their songbook: Let’s Do It, Lullaby of Birdland, Basin Street Blues, Miss Otis Regrets and much more, totalling almost two hours of unforgettable music.
“If you enjoy this disc even half as much as we enjoyed making it, you’re having a very, very good time indeed.” – James Morrison
“As long as there are interpreters like Patti Austin and James Morrison, there will always be a full house for quality jazz” – ArtsHub
1. Hello, Dolly!
2. (Up A) Lazy River
3. Too Close for Comfort
4. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)
5. (If You Can’t Sing It) You’ll Have to Swing It (Mr Paganini)
6. Our Love is Here to Stay
7. A Tisket, A Tasket
8. Satin Doll
9. Lullaby of Birdland
1. Basin Street Blues
2. Miss Otis Regrest
3. Hard-Hearted Hannah (The Vamp of Savannah)
4. Honeysuckle Rose
5. I’ve Got The World on a String
6. Struttin’ With Some BBQ
7. But Not For Me
8. Mack the Knife
9. How High the Moon
10. Get Happy
Patti Austin vocals
James Morrison trumpet, trombone, piano
Mark Fitzgibbon piano, William Morrison guitar, Harry Morrison bass, Patrick Danao drums
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Recorded June 2017 in Hamer Hall, Melbourne, as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival