Ballads

Ballads

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by Sarah Vaughan
     
 

Like other entries in Blue Note's excellent Ballads series, this collection features Sarah Vaughan on a number of mellow standards. The songs originate from a number of sessions Vaughan completed for Roulette between 1960-1963, and they are uniformly lovely. The settings range from the guitar/bass backing on "All or Nothing at All" to the orchestra backing on…  See more details below

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Like other entries in Blue Note's excellent Ballads series, this collection features Sarah Vaughan on a number of mellow standards. The songs originate from a number of sessions Vaughan completed for Roulette between 1960-1963, and they are uniformly lovely. The settings range from the guitar/bass backing on "All or Nothing at All" to the orchestra backing on "Dreamy." Vaughan sings the tastefully arranged "You Go to My Head" with the help of the Count Basie Orchestra and the intimately quiet "In a Sentimental Mood" with guitarist Mundell Lowe and bassist George Duvivier. She slowly caresses each syllable of "'Round Midnight," "Solitude," and "Lover Man," delivering fresh takes on these commonly sung classics. A certain warmth also permeates "In a Sentimental Mood" and "If I Had You," filling each note with an air of regret. The reflective material seems tailor-made for that late hour when one's guests have departed and the cocktail glasses have been cleared. Ballads gathers 13 exquisite recordings in one place and captures Vaughan in exceptional voice. It's also enlightening to listen to how she approaches similar material when the arrangements are so divergent. To those unfamiliar with her Roulette work, Ballads offers a fine introduction.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/2007
Label:
Toshiba Emi Japan
UPC:
4988006804401
catalogNumber:
66185

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Vaughan   Primary Artist
Carmell Jones   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
McKibbon   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
John Collins   Guitar
Joe Comfort   Bass
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Milt Turner   Drums
Ernie Freeman Combo   Organ

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Orchestral Arrangements
Thad Jones   Orchestral Arrangements
Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Benny Carter   String Arrangements
Don Costa   Orchestral Arrangements
Jimmy Jones   Orchestral Arrangements
Teddy Reig   Producer
Burton Yount   Art Direction

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Ballads 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of Midnight Sun is worth the price of admission to any era gone the way of the smoke filled nightclubs .