Ella Fitzgerald is the female jazz vocalist that all young vocalists emulate so it is only natural that many of the more established artists ever are on this tribute album. The respect for Ella's talent has brought about contributions from Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Etta James, and Gladys Knight. An impressive lineup by anyone's accounts. A bonus is that the proceeds from the album go towards the support of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.
The first thing that I noticed about this tribute album is that 13-year-old Montreal native Nikki Yanofsky is on it. I knew she had garnered a lot of attention here for her incredible voice and 'old' soul, but apparently others have sat up and taken notice. She contributes the song "Airmail Special". Yanofsky is not the only Canadian on the album as we have plenty of representation amongst the 15 tracks including k.d. Lang, Michael Buble and Diana Krall. Unfortunately, the two tracks by Buble and Krall are the weakest of the album. But don't fret, as the others are all great! The lady herself, of course, supplies the best, on the live duet of " You Are the Sunshine of My Life" by Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald. Top notch tribute album for one of the most important musical vocalists ever