Music: Pop Records

One of the basic articles of faith in the beard-and-sandal set is that no woman alive sings jazz like Ella Fitzgerald. Ella it was who schooled a whole generation of vocalists to phrase and improvise like jazzmen; Ella, too, who popularized scatted lyrics and the word rebop. But Ella has always moved with equal ease through the palm-frond world of popular dance music, and Jazz Impresario Norman Granz set out to prove it by issuing a series of albums on his own Verve label featuring Ella in great pop hits. Latest addition to the series: Ella singing Irving Berlin.

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