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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald: Ella: The Lost Berlin Tapes (Verve/UMe)

A long-thought lost live recording of Ella Fitzgerald in Berlin offers up an enjoyable–if not slightly standard–performance by the legendary jazz vocalist.

Blossom Dearie: The Adorable Blossom Dearie (El Records)

Vocalist Blossom Dearie possessed one of the most innocent sounding voices in all of jazz and pop. This three disc set examines her early work up to her two “debut” albums, as well as the debut of her vocal harmony combo. It’s a fitting and impressive collection of jazz music, and serves as an excellent starting point for her wide and impressive discography.

Django Reinhardt: Diminishing Blackness: The Compositions Of Django Reinhardt (él Records)

Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt helped to innovate and define the role of the guitar as a leading instrument within the jazz world. This three disc set offers up a fine primer to the masterful guitarist’s legacy, while also including tributes and interpretations of his work made posthumously by his contemporaries.