The Definitive Sarah Vaughan

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
This joint venture between Blue Note and Verve captures the sweet and sassy sounds of Sarah Vaughan at her best as recorded by Emarcy, Mercury, and Roulette. The 16-song compilation is arranged chronologically and kicks off with a duet between Vaughan and the man who discovered her, Billy Eckstine, recorded in 1949 before moving to her mid-'50s recordings for Mercury and Emarcy. She was equally at home recording with large orchestras, small jazz ensembles, or piano, bass, and drums. Highlights from this period include her wonderfully swinging album Swingin' Easy, which she recorded with her trio of John Malachi on piano, Crazy Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
This joint venture between Blue Note and Verve captures the sweet and sassy sounds of Sarah Vaughan at her best as recorded by Emarcy, Mercury, and Roulette. The 16-song compilation is arranged chronologically and kicks off with a duet between Vaughan and the man who discovered her, Billy Eckstine, recorded in 1949 before moving to her mid-'50s recordings for Mercury and Emarcy. She was equally at home recording with large orchestras, small jazz ensembles, or piano, bass, and drums. Highlights from this period include her wonderfully swinging album Swingin' Easy, which she recorded with her trio of John Malachi on piano, Crazy Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. The track "Shulie a Bop" is taken from this album and features a great scat solo. At the same time she was cutting some swinging jazz sides with big-name players like Clifford Brown, she was recording string-filled ballads with orchestral backing like "Tenderly," which was cut in 1954 with Hugo Peritti's orchestra. She would continue this approach all throughout her career, and this CD does a good job of showing both sides of Vaughan. Other highlights from the compilation include a desperately romantic version of "Lush Life" cut in 1956 with Hal Mooney's orchestra, a near operatic rendition of "My Man's Gone Now" from 1957 that shows off Vaughan's powerful vibrato, and a laid-back and swinging take on "The Sweetest Sounds" from 1967 backed by the incredible brass section of Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Charlie Shavers, and Joe Newman. The Definitive Sarah Vaughan has a couple of non-fatal flaws: there are only two songs from her five-year tenure at Roulette and an over-reliance on the orchestral ballads. Throw in a couple more swinging tracks and the discs would be really special, but it is still a nice overview and is recommended to anyone who wants to check out the early work of the divine Sarah Vaughan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458994923
  • Catalog Number: 589949
  • Sales rank: 24,748

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dedicated to You - Joe Lipman (2:48)
  2. 2 My Funny Valentine (3:00)
  3. 3 Shulie a Bop (2:41)
  4. 4 Lover Man (3:18)
  5. 5 Tenderly (3:12)
  6. 6 Lullaby of Birdland (4:00)
  7. 7 It's Crazy (4:57)
  8. 8 How High the Moon - Ernie Wilkins Orchestra (2:37)
  9. 9 Lush Life - Hal Mooney Orchestra (4:03)
  10. 10 Autumn in New York - Hal Mooney Orchestra (3:20)
  11. 11 Poor Butterfly - Hal Mooney Orchestra (3:32)
  12. 12 My Man's Gone Now - Hal Mooney Orchestra (4:24)
  13. 13 Misty (3:01)
  14. 14 You're Mine, You (4:01)
  15. 15 Key Largo (3:30)
  16. 16 The Sweetest Sounds - Hal Mooney Orchestra (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Vaughan Primary Artist, Vocals
Richard X. Heyman Conductor
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Clifford Brown Trumpet
Richard Davis Bass
Billy Eckstine Vocals
Bob James Piano
Quincy Jones Strings, Conductor
Barney Kessel Guitar
Herbie Mann Flute
Ted Nash Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Joe Newman Trumpet
Jerome Richardson Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Ronnell Bright Piano
Ronnie Lang Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Hal Mooney Conductor
George Greeley Piano
Israel Baker Violin
Joe Benjamin Bass
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Cy Bernard Cello
Harry Bluestone Violin
William Boucaya Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet
Kenny Clarke Drums
Joe Comfort Bass
Pierre Cullaz Guitar
Richard David Bass
James A. Decker French Horn
Art Drelinger Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Wilkins Conductor
Benny Gill Violin
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Benny Golson Reeds
Roy Haynes Drums
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Jo Hrasko Saxophone
Marcel Hrasko Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
J. Alan Johnson Trombone
Jimmy Jones Guitar, Piano
Kathyrine Julye Harp
Harry Klee Woodwind
Ray Kramer Cello
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Hugo Peretti Conductor
John Malachi Piano
Sam Marowitz Alto Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Clarinet, Flute
Erno Neufeld Violin
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
George Roberts Trombone
Paul Robyn Viola
Nathan Ross Violin
Mischa Russell Violin
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Zoot Sims Saxophone
Marshall Sosson Violin
David Sterkin Viola
Milton Thomas Viola
Turk VanLake Guitar
Gerald Vinci Violin
Champ Webb Woodwind
Sid Weiss Bass
Kai Winding Trombone
Phil Woods Reeds
Larry Breen Bass
Ronald Bright Piano
Michael A. Hauser Vibes
Alex Murray Violin
Nick Pisani Violin
Bernard Kaufman Clarinet, Flute
Joe Lipman Strings, Conductor
Hal Mooney Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Joe Howard Trombone
Louis Singer Drums
Henry Hill Violin
Bob James & Creations Piano
George Martimore Roberts Trombone
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Bob James Arranger
Quincy Jones Arranger, Producer
Hal Mooney Arranger
Sam Hopkins Composer
Michael Cuscuna Executive Producer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Peter Pullman Copy Editing
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Bob Shad Producer
Doug Ramsey Liner Notes
Joe Lipman Arranger
Tom Evered Executive Producer
Shohji Ichikawa Liner Notes
Jeff Willens Mastering
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Al Fields Composer
Bob James & Creations Arranger
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