Live at the 1971 Monterey Jazz Festival

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Monterey Jazz Fest
  • UPC: 888072303515
  • Catalog Number: 30351
  • Sales rank: 183,319

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction - Norman Granz (0:36)
  2. 2 I Remember You (5:00)
  3. 3 The Lamp Is Low (1:48)
  4. 4 'Round Midnight (5:25)
  5. 5 There Will Never Be Another You (1:39)
  6. 6 And I Love Him (4:32)
  7. 7 Scattin' the Blues (5:00)
  8. 8 Tenderly (2:58)
  9. 9 All Stars (Introduction) (1:18)
  10. 10 A Monterey Jam (14:35)
  11. 11 A Monterey Jam (1:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Vaughan Primary Artist, Vocals
Louie Bellson Drums
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Bill Mays Piano
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Clark Terry Flugelhorn, Vocals
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Tenor Saxophone
Bob Magnusson Bass
The Bill Harris Quintet Trombone
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, Digital Editing
Mitchell Parish Composer
Nick Phillips Producer
Harry Warren Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Mastering
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
Simone Giuliani Digital Editing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Age changed that beautiful voice

    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.

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