30 days, 30 albums... Ella & Louis

Louis often sounded like he was trying to heard to be Mr. Entertainment, and Ella often sounded like she was just… trying too hard. On this collaboration, they’re in mellow and very fine form, with the fabulous Norman Granz making everything sound warm and welcoming, and Oscar Peterson on piano. What could be better? The combination of her grace and his growl sits surprisingly well, and his trumpet playing is restrained and elegant here. This is a Sunday morning favourite at our house, and a must for every collection.