There's that thing about the picture and the thousand words (supposedly equitable, a debatable point, but let's not get stalled out here), yet at the same time a killer song can evoke at least an equal number of images, visual or otherwise. Ella Fitzgerald tended to make whatever she was singing sound like the greatest song ever, by virtue of her astonishing tone, delivery, craft, and a set of pipes that were the result of holding a long-odds ticket in the genetic lottery. Tina Fabrique portrays the First Lady of Song at the Guthrie with soulful elegance, along the way lending us a knowing look at a person more comfortable on stage than in daily life, as much in love with her voice as any of us, and knowing damn well that a sharpshooter vocal line can express as much as a decade of sweet nothings. The second half is formatted as entirely live performance, which feels just right. Fabrique and her taut backing band let it rip, and it sounds phenomenal. (photo by Ed Krieger)
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