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Sarah Vaughan
     

Sarah Vaughan

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by Sarah Vaughan
 

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This 1954 studio date, a self-titled album recorded for Emarcy, was later reissued as Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown to denote the involvement of one of the top trumpeters of the day. Vaughan sings nine intimate standards with a band including Brown on trumpet, Herbie Mann on flute, and Paul Quinichette on

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This 1954 studio date, a self-titled album recorded for Emarcy, was later reissued as Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown to denote the involvement of one of the top trumpeters of the day. Vaughan sings nine intimate standards with a band including Brown on trumpet, Herbie Mann on flute, and Paul Quinichette on tenor, each of which have plenty of space for solos (most of the songs are close to the five-minute mark). Vaughan is arguably in the best voice of her career here, pausing and lingering over notes on the standards "April in Paris," "Jim," and "Lullaby of Birdland." As touching as Vaughan is, however, Brown almost equals her with his solos on "Lullaby of Birdland," "Jim," and "September Song," displaying his incredible bop virtuosity in a restrained setting without sacrificing either the simple feeling of his notes or the extraordinary flair of his choices. Quinichette's solos are magnificent as well, his feathery tone nearly a perfect match for Vaughan's voice. Ironically though, neither Brown nor Quinichette or Mann appear on the album's highlight, "Embraceable You," which Vaughan performs with close accompaniment from the rhythm section: Jimmy Jones on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. Vaughan rounds the notes with a smile and even when she's steeping to reach a few low notes, she never loses the tremendous feeling conveyed by her voice. In whichever incarnation it's reissued, Sarah Vaughan With Clifford Brown is one of the most important jazz-meets-vocal sessions ever recorded.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454330527
catalogNumber:
543305
Rank:
92010

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Vaughan   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Clifford Brown   Trumpet,Track Performer
Herbie Mann   Flute
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor
Roy Haynes   Drums,Snare Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Will Hudson   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing
Paul Mertz   Composer
Bob Shad   Producer
Mark Smith   Reissue Production Assistance
Herman Leonard   Reissue Photography
Michael Bourne   Liner Notes
Michael Ullman   Liner Notes
Nelson Shawn   Composer
Bryan Koniarz   Reissue Producer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Robert Appleton   Reissue Design
Caesar Petrillo   Composer
Edward Ross   Composer
Tokiwa Kinoshita   Remixing

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Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm the ur-Sarah Vaughan afficionado, but mostly of her spare fifties Jazz ballads. There isn't a time in her career that matches this era for the care and mastery with which she approached every song, and Sarah Vaughan did best with a small combo. Clifford Brown's unique and loving trumpet plays off Sarah's voice like two lovebirds whose souls are merged. I love this album. And for those of you who haven't heard Sarah's version of the rarely-recorded "Jim", you're in for a treat. Own this album if you're a fan of true female jazz balladeering.