Songs In A Mellow Mood (Exclusive)
Released: May 2006
Label: Verve Records
This is the second of two ballad LPs that Ella cut with pianist Ellis Larkins while she was near the end of her tenure at Decca Records. Ella's voice is slightly hoarse and she doesn't sound as relaxed as she usually does, making for a good, but not great, session. Check out Fitzgerald's Verve release The Intimate Ella (or her Gershwin set with Larkins) to see her tackle the same kind of session and succeed brilliantly.