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For those whose bag is funk or soul, Funky Ella should be squarely in their strike zone. Lewis is an excellent singer, Hagen likewise on piano, and the group goes about its funky business with finesse and flair.” - Jack Bowers

— All About Jazz

Leslie is one of the most beautiful voices in the capital.” - Jérôme Partage

— Jazz Hot

I Put A Spell On You by Funky Ella is an elegant and perfectly executed record.” - Luis Cifer

— rockthebestmusic.com

It is not easy to cover songs as well known and special as this one without falling into the superficial and hackneyed, Funky Ella achieves it with a remarkable high.” - José Ramón

— La Habitación del Jazz

I Put A Spell On You

Funky Ella

"I Put A Spell On You" is the debut recording of Funky Ella a Paris based sextet lead by American jazz musicians Leslie Lewis (voice) and Gerard Hagen (piano/arranger). Along with four in-demand musicians from the Parisian scene - Peter Giron (contrebasse) Nicolas Peslier (guitar) Mourad Benhammou (batterie) and Jean-Philippe Naeder (percussion) -
"I Put A Spell On You" is the debut recording of Funky Ella a Paris based sextet lead by American jazz musicians Leslie Lewis (voice) and Gerard Hagen (piano/arranger). Along with four in-demand musicians from the Parisian scene - Peter Giron (contrebasse) Nicolas Peslier (guitar) Mourad Benhammou (batterie) and Jean-Philippe Naeder (percussion) - they perform music that is steeped in jazz and R&B but is all about the groove.
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