Improbable Duets: Ella and Karen - JazzWax

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March 09, 2012


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Doug Ramsey

Well. That was a revelation to one who paid no attention to Karen Carpenter. As for Ella, next time someone tells you she didn't understand lyrics, play them those few bars of of "I'll Be Seeing You." Nice find, Marc.


Some expert lip-syncing as well.


What a class act! -- Although I'm usually not a fan of medleys, or vocal duets, this here is top notch. Simply awesome. Thanks for posting it.


Longtime follower of the blog, but a first time commenter:

I heard this several months back, and it just proves imo that Richard Carpenter wasn't the best arranger for Karen Carpenter. I would've liked to have seen her work with somebody like Nelson Riddle.

Jery Rowan

This clip makes me realize what a magnificent vocalist Karen Carpenter was when heard next to an icon like Ella. She more than held her own in such lofty company.

Thanks for the treat, Marc. Especially after trying to watch/listen to American Idol earlier this evening.

Diane Sampson

Karen Carpenter was one of the finest vocalists who ever lived, IMO.

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