Vaughan and Violins

Vaughan and Violins

by Sarah Vaughan

CD(Dutch Import)

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Vaughan and Violins

A compilation of two albums recorded in Europe under the direction of Quincy Jones, these sessions catch Sarah Vaughan at her magnificent best. There may be claims of overdoing it or garishness. But her set of pipes and her willingness to use them dramatically, and sometimes coyly, to bring out the best of everything she sings brushes aside such criticisms as unjustified. Classic standard or novelty tune, she had full command of the vocal art. The 1958 session took place in Paris with Jones doing the arrangements and leading a 55-piece orchestra. To match up this large aggregation would be daunting for most singers. But with Vaughan's powerful operatic voice, it's no problem at all. Although the notes don't identify personnel, Zoot Sims was present backing Vaughan and soloing on such cuts as "Misty." Also present was the rhythm section of Ronnell Bright on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums, and Richard Davis and Pierre Michelot sharing bass. This set was originally issued under the title of Vaughan and Violins. The other session took place in Copenhagen in 1963 and was issued with a similar alliterative title, Vaughan and Voices. Jones was again in charge, but Robert Farnon conducted and arranged, which meant there would be no upbeat material. Farnon never met a string section he didn't love. But in no way does this circumstance impede Vaughan. An audacious full-voiced treatment of "It Could Happen to You" not only makes one forget most other versions, but reveals how little the Sevend Saaby Danish Choir is needed here. Conversely, the way Vaughan rides their voices at the outset of "Days of Wine and Roses" pays their way. This compilation is vintage Sarah Vaughan, which means this is a dazzling exploration of the possibilities of the human voice as a vocal instrument. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2003
Label: Imports
UPC: 0044006500423
catalogNumber: 65004
Rank: 106346

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Vaughan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Richard Davis   Double Bass
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Ronnell Bright   Piano
William Boucaya   Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Pierre Cullaz   Guitar
Kansas Fields   Drums
Jo Hrasko   Baritone Saxophone
Marcel Hrasko   Alto Saxophone
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Maurice Vander   Piano
Michael A. Hauser   Vibes

Technical Credits

Erroll Garner   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer
John Lewis   Composer
Ernest Hemingway   Quotes Researched & Compiled
Alan Brandt   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Paul Misraki   Composer
Billy Reid   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Alain Tercinet   Liner Notes
Bob Haymes   Composer
Otis Rene   Composer
Henri Salvador   Composer
Dorcas Cochran   Composer
Martin Davies   translation
Hervé Imbault   Artwork
Raymond Voinquel   Cover Photo
John Lehmann   Composer

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