Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival

Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival

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by Sarah Vaughan
     
 

Sarah Vaughan was approximately three decades into her career when she stepped onto the stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1971 and still at the top of her game. Her voice swoops, sways and swings; it's a veritable roller coaster of pitch, tone and tempo, and Vaughan is in complete control of her instrument at all times. The voice is weightier than it…  See more details below

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Sarah Vaughan was approximately three decades into her career when she stepped onto the stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival in September 1971 and still at the top of her game. Her voice swoops, sways and swings; it's a veritable roller coaster of pitch, tone and tempo, and Vaughan is in complete control of her instrument at all times. The voice is weightier than it was during her early days, but having recently taken a few years off from recording it was primed and ready for the remarkable push Vaughan was prepared to give it. Backed by the very capable trio of Bill Mays on piano (Vaughan introduces him as Willie Mays), Bob Magnusson on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums, Vaughan wastes no time showing why she always appears on the short list of jazz's greatest singers: On "I Remember You" she takes command of the rhythm and bends it to her will; it's impossible not to fall within her spell instantaneously. Vaughan must know she's on a roll because midway through the song she lets out a "Whoo!" that one might expect to hear from an audience member rather than the singer herself. "There Will Never Be Another You," taken at a breakneck pace, gives the band ample opportunity to blow, and Vaughan stays just far enough ahead to lead the way -- at times it sounds as if she will leave them in the dust, but she never does; chaos is averted and something wholly exhausting but satisfying emerges. She follows that up with a gender-altered revisit to the Beatles' "And I Love Her" (retitled here "And I Love Him" for obvious reasons) that transforms it into a loosey-goosey blues that gives the singer enough breathing room to toy with the lyric in ways Paul McCartney could not have imagined. For the last two tracks, Vaughan is joined by a true all-star cast of horn players (Roy Eldridge, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Bill Harris and Zoot Sims), plus Louie Bellson on drums, Mundell Lowe on guitar and John Lewis on piano. Vaughan's role during the ensuing jam is primarily as scatter, but it's hard to imagine that any listener is going to complain that she takes a back seat after having experienced such a top-notch performance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2007
Label:
Monterey Jazz Fest
UPC:
0888072303515
catalogNumber:
30351

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Vaughan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Louie Bellson   Drums
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Bill Harris   Trombone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Bill Mays   Piano
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Clark Terry   Flugelhorn,Vocals
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Magnusson   Bass
Zoot Sims & His Five Brothers   Tenor Saxophone
John G. Lewis   Piano

Technical Credits

Maurice Ravel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Peter DeRose   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Jason Olaine   Producer,Liner Notes
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Nick Phillips   Producer
Harry Warren   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Veryl Oakland   Photo Courtesy
Glen Barros   Series Executive Producer
Victor Schertzinger   Composer
Bert Shefter   Composer
Tim "T-Bone" Jackson   Liner Notes,Series Executive Producer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction

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1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah lost that beautiful voice she once had around this time period, and it shows on this CD. The band also wasn't very good, and recording outside hurt the sound quality. This is not where you want to start if you want to get into Sarah's music.