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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pablo
  • ASIN: B000000XLS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You want to know why her nickname was "Sassy"? Listen to this. This is the essential Sarah Vaughan, a self-produced, small-combo session from 1982, featuring Joe Pass on guitar. She picked the musicians, she picked the songs, and the result is Sassy at her purest--undiluted by slick orchestrations or studio enhancements. The atmosphere is loose and lively, Vaughan's voice at its ripest--and she's recorded nice and close so you can almost feel the warmth of her breath coming through the speakers. Her scatting scatters "Autumn Leaves" like a whirlwind, and on my favorite track ("In Love in Vain") she stretches and bends the melody as if it were saltwater taffy. --Jim Emerson

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I really prefer instrumental jazz over vocal jazz.
C. Pompey
This CD shows depth, texture and nuanced interpretation of songs that display Sarah Vaughn's rich voice and deep understanding of the music she performed.
Louise Venden
Of all Vaughan's albums, this is the one on which she is most truly herself--the best Vaughan album I've ever heard.
Mary Whipple

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Though Sarah Vaughan had many pop hits and recorded a number of songs from the Great American Songbook, she is, at heart, a jazz singer, and this is her jazziest, and, I think, best album. Choosing musicians Roland Hanna on piano, Joe Pass on guitar, Harold Jones on drums, and Andy Simpkins on bass as her backup, Sarah produced this album herself in 1982, when her control and musicianship were at their peak, her voice had taken on some of its deeper tones, and her range was enormous. These eight songs, some of them new, are among the best and most unusual tracks she ever recorded, reflecting a variety of moods and a daring in interpretation that comes from having to answer to no one in this recording.

"Autumn Leaves" is so "out there," with Joe Pass on guitar and Andy Simkins on bass and Vaughan singing scat, that it is difficult even to recognize Johnny Mercer's basic melody, and with Vaughan taking full advantage of her range and power, the song loses any sense of the saccharine sweetness so common to other recordings of it. In the David Rose song "The Island," previously unfamiliar to me, Vaughan sings very slowly with a "la-la" scat and minor tones, creating a haunting song of great mystery, full of key changes and switches from major to minor and back, until by the end she is full of passion and wailing. The "prettiest" song on the CD is "Seasons," composed by pianist Roland Hanna for Vaughan, a moody, romantic song with lush piano interpretations and long piano solo, and Vaughan singing "pure" as she thinks about family, nature, and winter, while awaiting "summer's embrace.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gary S. Stager on December 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Every track on this CD is spectacular. This Vaughan-produced recording may be the greatest vocal jazz album ever. The wordless Autumn Leaves, In Love and Vain , That's All and I Didn't Know What Time it Was swing so hard they hurt. However, the ballads on this date will heal all wounds.
The Island is perhaps the most erotic ballad ever sung and it joins Love Dance as a newly emerging jazz standard.
Andy Simpkins, Sir Roland Hanna, Joe Pass and Grady Tate are a terrific rhythm section who keep up valiantly with the Divine One.
You will cherish this CD for a lifetime!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on October 6, 2005
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Among the immortal old-time jazz chanteusses (Ella, Carmen, Lady Day, Betty, Anita, Dinah, June, Jo, Nina and Sassy), many have argued that Sarah Vaughan was the best pure singer of them all, and the only one who could have been retrained to sing opera.

I agree with that consensus, and I mark this album as Exhibit "A" for that proposition.

Let's take "Seasons", my personal favorite cut on this album. Listening to this fabulous jazz ballad reminds me of watching "Citizen Kane." If you recall, Welles filmed that classic such that every shot--whether close-up or far away--was in perfect focus. And that describes Sarah Vaughan's voice as well. No matter where she is in her register, every note is as equally clear. If she's at the low end, she deepens; if she's at the high end, she covers while singing brightly; and she never scoops and never reaches. Every note--and I mean every note--is simply beautiful. Listen to "Seasons" and you'll hear what I mean. You'll hear that throughout, but this is the cut that really gets to me.

And listen to "The Island" as an example of perfect control. She does a perfect slow crescendo and a perfect slow dimuendo here, which is possible only with perfect breath control. Very few singers can pull off what Sassy pulls off here--and as a result, she turns this into one of the most exciting renditions of a love song ever.

None of this is to suggest that Ms. Vaughan is anything other than a jazz singer, however. Listen to how she swings "That's All" and scats "Autumn Leaves". Carmen and Ella never did it better than this--and that's saying one hell of a lot.

This was Ms.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cliente de Amazon on January 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If I was showing a Martian around Planet Earth and I wanted to show him something of which Man can be truly proud, I would sit him down and put this record on. Then I would bore him to death putting on more Sarah Vaughan and then some more...
To me Sarah Vaughan is the last word in vocals. Her technique is breathtaking but I also feel her humanity through her singing in a way which touches me like no other singer.
If you don't own one of her records, do yourself a favor and add this to the Shopping Cart ( plus a live album ).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Pompey on January 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Here's another great CD, by the late-great Sarah Vaughan. I really prefer instrumental jazz over vocal jazz. Sarah Vaughan's music is just too good to pass up. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" is an excellent song. The musical arrangement on this song was something I could REALLY appreciate. You would have thought I was a music appreciation teacher(for those who have taken that class in college). "Autumn Leaves" is an excellent swing piece and Sarah's scatting is unparalleled. "That's All" makes you want to snuggle up to that special somebody and dim the lights. Overall, this CD just has a warm feel to it. Sarah did most of the work on this project and the finished product is an inspiring, warm, personal masterpiece. I mean, if you want to pretend you're at a jazz club, pop this CD in and enjoy. Excellent collection of music.
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