Speak Love is a 1983 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by the jazz guitarist Joe Pass.

Speak Love
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Studio album by
Released1983
RecordedMarch 21-22, 1983
GenreVocal jazz
Length42:33
LabelPablo
ProducerNorman Granz
Ella Fitzgerald chronology
The Best Is Yet to Come
(1982)
Speak Love
(1983)
Nice Work If You Can Get It
(1983)
Joe Pass chronology
Virtuoso No. 4
(1983)
Speak Love
(1983)
Live at Long Beach City College
(1983)

It is the third of Fitzgerald's series of duets with Pass, following Take Love Easy (1973) and Fitzgerald and Pass... Again (1976) a later album, Easy Living, followed in 1986.

The title of the album refers to the first line of the opening song on the album, "Speak Low", a quotation from Much Ado About Nothing.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic      [1]

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Scott Yanow wrote of the album "...the setting was perhaps too intimate for what she had left. Fitzgerald's phrasing remained a joy despite the limited range, but there are many more significant records by the singer than this CD reissue despite touching versions of "Comes Love", "There's No You" and "Gone with the Wind"."[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Speak Low" (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill) – 4:13
  2. "Comes Love" (Lew Brown, Sam H. Stept, Charles Tobias) – 3:00
  3. "There's No You" (Tom Adair, Hal Hopper) – 4:45
  4. "I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)" (Harry Ruskin, Henry Sullivan) – 5:08
  5. "At Last" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 4:21
  6. "The Thrill Is Gone" {Medley} (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson) – 4:14
  7. "Gone with the Wind" (Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel) – 3:55
  8. "Blue and Sentimental" (Count Basie, Mack David, Jerry Livingston) – 3:06
  9. "Girl Talk" (Neal Hefti, Bobby Troup) – 4:09
  10. "Georgia on My Mind" (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) – 6:09

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Speak Love > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 8, 2015.