Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Sarah Vaughan debuted on Norman Granz's Pablo label in 1978, announcing herself immediately with a triumphant set titled How Long Has This Been Going On? After a Brazilian LP in 1979, she turned to an ambitious project: the Duke Ellington songbook, eventually released as two separate volumes. The Concord set Sophisticated Lady reissues the complete contents of those two LPs, plus a brace of unreleased tracks that might just overshadow the original program. Not for nothing do they lead off this collection, instead of being tacked on the end. On August 13, 1979, Vaughan had begun the project by recording six songs with arranger genius Benny Carter, plus a large string section ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Sarah Vaughan debuted on Norman Granz's Pablo label in 1978, announcing herself immediately with a triumphant set titled How Long Has This Been Going On? After a Brazilian LP in 1979, she turned to an ambitious project: the Duke Ellington songbook, eventually released as two separate volumes. The Concord set Sophisticated Lady reissues the complete contents of those two LPs, plus a brace of unreleased tracks that might just overshadow the original program. Not for nothing do they lead off this collection, instead of being tacked on the end. On August 13, 1979, Vaughan had begun the project by recording six songs with arranger genius Benny Carter, plus a large string section and a basic band including Jimmy Rowles on piano, Grady Tate on drums, and Andy Simpkins on bass. Carter's charts for "Lush Life" and "Solitude" help bring out the best in Vaughan, and she sounds especially on "Solitude" as if she were still in her prime. These six songs had never appeared before 2013, but it's a glory to find them here, finally. The rest of these sessions, recorded from mid-August to late January of 1980, are no slouch either. Vaughan's natural register is quite deep, but she still possessed the range she had 20 years earlier, and she'd only gained in her interpretive skills. Accompanying her are yet more heavyweights: Zoot Sims, Frank Foster, or Frank Wess on tenor, Joe Pass or Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, J.J. Johnson on trombone, and Waymon Reed on trumpet or fl├╝gelhorn. Although the pacing is rarely upbeat often a pitfall of '70s jazz standards, the results approach the peak of vocal Duke Ellington tributes, Ella Fitzgerald's 1957 Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, recorded with the entire Ellington band and charts from Billy Strayhorn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2013
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072346086
  • Catalog Number: 34608
  • Sales rank: 56,592

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Vaughan Primary Artist, Vocals
Pee Wee Crayton Guitar, Conductor
Lloyd Glenn Piano
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Urbie Green Trombone
Joe Pass Guitar, Conductor
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar, Conductor
Jimmy Rowles Piano, Conductor
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Grady Tate Conductor, Drums
Mike Wofford Piano, Conductor
Britt Woodman Trombone
Jonathan Abramowitz Strings
Danny Bank Saxophone, Woodwind
Julien Barber Strings
Benny Carter Conductor
Harry Bluestone Strings
Verlye Mills Harp
Billy Byers Conductor
Ronald Clark Strings
John Collins Guitar
Ronald Cooper Strings
Eddie Daniels Saxophone
Paul Faulise Trombone
Frank Foster Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
David Frisina Strings
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Gerald Tarack Strings
Paul Gershman Strings
Bill Green Flute, Reeds
Harry Lookofsky Strings
Allan Harshman Strings
Theodore Israel Strings
J.J. Johnson Trombone, Conductor
Nathan Kaproff Strings
Harold Kohon Strings
Robert Konrad Strings
Marvin Limonick Strings
Guy Lumia Strings
Edgar Lustgarten Strings
Roy McCurdy Drums
Arthur Maebe French Horn
Joseph Malignaggi Strings
Kermit Moore Strings
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Waymon Reed Trumpet, Conductor, Flugelhorn
Janice Robinson Trombone
David Schwartz Strings
Alan Shulman Strings
Henry Sigismonti French Horn
Zoot Sims Conductor, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Andy Simpkins Bass, Conductor
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Conductor, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Frank Wess Flute, Conductor, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Marilyn Wright Strings
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Charles Randall Drums
William Henderson Strings
Joachim Chassman Strings
Jerry Dodgion Saxophone, Woodwind
Arthur Clarke Saxophone, Woodwind
Frederick Buldroni Strings
Bill Walker Bass
Randolph Moss Strings
Technical Credits
Pee Wee Crayton Orchestral Arrangements
Harry James Composer
Joe Pass Orchestral Arrangements
Bucky Pizzarelli Orchestral Arrangements
Jimmy Rowles Orchestral Arrangements
Irving Mills Composer
Grady Tate Orchestral Arrangements
Mike Wofford Orchestral Arrangements
Benny Carter Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Norman Granz Producer
Billy Byers Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Duke Ellington Composer
Milt Gabler Composer
J.J. Johnson Orchestral Arrangements
Mitchell Parish Composer
Waymon Reed Orchestral Arrangements
Zoot Sims Orchestral Arrangements
Andy Simpkins Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Simpson Engineer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Val Valentin Engineer
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Frank Wess Orchestral Arrangements
Joe Tarantino Mastering
David Redfern Cover Photo
Abbey Anna Project Assembly
Don George Composer
Mack David Composer
Tad Hershorn Liner Notes
Chris Clough Project Assembly
Carruthers Composer
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