Phases and Stages
Dreck the Halls
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Dec. 20, 2002
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (Verve)
In a manger, under a star, attended by holy men ... if anyone, anywhere was ever immaculately conceptualized to sing holiday standards, surely it was Ella Fitzgerald. By the time the sovereign jazz swinger sauces up "Frosty the Snowman," reprised as one of four bonus tracks to Fitzgerald's 1960 Santa wish list, Jews, gentiles, and Muslims alike might believe that "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is the one true messiah.