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How Long Has This Been Going On?

Sarah VaughanAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pablo
  • ASIN: B000000XJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Sarah Vaughan recorded this session in 1978, her voice was still one of the finest instruments in jazz, an almost impossible combination of resonant depths, subtly sparkling highs, and myriad slides that could join one note or word to the next. She's accompanied here by an all-star quartet of pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Louis Bellson. There are moments of inspired exchange and improvisatory brilliance from the quartet, but the emphasis is less on their skills as soloists than on their extraordinary taste, Peterson and Pass revealing once again their special abilities as supporting players, highlighting another artist's every note. Vaughan's performances here of "Midnight Sun" and "Body and Soul" are virtuosic statements, as inspired as anything in her later career. --Stuart Broomer

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not long enough! July 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This cd should go on forever! Here's another Sarah Vaughan courtesy of Pablo Records. This one was a long overdo comeback album. I remember seeing Sarah in concert when the lp was 1st released. Track 1, I've Got The World On A String, was the 1st song I heard her sing live. I don't know which version was better, live or recorded. Of course, here we have Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Louis Bellson, & Ray Brown. No jazz singer could do better for instrumental back up. Live, I heard her own trio on percusion & then husband on horn. Still, not shabby. If one loves jazz singing this is it. To me her voice sounds richer on the cd than the lp. So, don't be satisfied with the latter. She wisely choosed Midnight Sun, You're Blase, Easy Living, My Old Flame, & Body & Soul. These are the jazz jems that pop singers strayed away from but jazz singers relished in performing. Our Sarah probably surpassed her contemporaries on all the versions. Only Jo Stafford rivaled, maybe surpassed, Sarah on My Old Flame, I've Got The World On String & Midnight Sun. Still, can't we have 2 definitive versions? It's amazing how Sarah could disect the lyric & melody in such wide ranging manner. Her range wasn't operatic but it appeared to combine the best of jazz & opera. Or, at least, jazz & good pop singing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Sarah's best May 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am a log-time fan of Sarah Vaughan, and I firmly believe that some of her best recordings are the ones she made later in her life- you know, the ones where her voice sounded wonderfully throaty. I never tire of her singing, "Your lips were like a red-and-ruby chalice" on Midnight Sun. An added benefit of this album are the other musicians, namely guitarist Joe Pass. Perhaps the highest compliment I can give this album is that I own it on VINYL and listen to it regularly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Live Jam Session December 21, 2000
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
This album is so relaxed and spontaneously made, it makes the listener feel as though they're at a live jam session. Free from the constraints of a "pop record" of an intruding orchestra, Sassy's voice is given room to breathe and improvise--her greatest gift. She's backed by a star group of sidemen---Peterson on piano and Bellson/Pass to boot, what more could we ask for? All the songs are sung in mid-tempo with a sense of swing. It shows even at the age of 54, Sarah still had "IT"! On "I've Got the World on a String" and "Easy Living" she simply takes the listener on a joy ride with the swing, groove and estacsy of a finely-constructed instrument that is her voice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful CD that shows off Sarah's extravagant voice February 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This CD is very impressive. The musicianship of the musicians is astounding. As Sarah ages, her tone becomes richer and her interpretation of lyrics improves. For example, her rendition of Midnight Sun is far better than what she did with the Roulette label in the 1960s. This CD is a must buy for music lovers especially those who love good vocals.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best collaboration Sarah ever did August 6, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you want to hear Sarah at her very best, and if you love Oscar Peterson, this is what you want to hear. The title track is about the happiest and lovliest song you could ever hear and the interplay of voice and piano throughout is magnificent. Smoky, passionate, rich, lyical at times and spare at others. Contrast this with the interesting but less successful Ella/Oscar collaboration. Couldn't recommend a jazz record more highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Long Has this been going on? March 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent, hard-to-find, jazz album. Sarah Vaughan's voice only improved with age. Oscar Peterson's magnificent piano makes the perfect accompaniment. I could listen to it over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Get Better Than This September 29, 2007
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This fantastic cd combines some of the best players and music in all of jazz and delivers some really high quality music. Sarah Vaughan, Joe Pass, Oscar Peterson, Louie Bellson and Ray Brown congregate to create some of the most memorable performances ever recorded. This cd has wonderful variety, as Vaughan varies the instrumentation of the set list, playing with just Pass on one cut, then the whole band, then just with Peterson and so on. Many of the standards have been reharmonized in the most interesting and intriguing ways, leading your ears down a path that is fresh and new. Favorite cuts of mine include "Midnight Sun," a tune with really interesting harmonization, "You're Blase," "My Old Flame," and, topping the list, "More Than You Know." My only criticism is that Peterson quite often plays too many notes too fast for my taste. Vaughan, however, tastefully demonstrates the command she has over the instrument that is her voice. She is truly one of the best vocalists of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Virtuosity and brilliance... April 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
A veritable all star team in assemblance!!! Joe Pass, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Louis Bellson and the Divine Ms. Sarah Vaughan.

Ms. Vaughan's voice was at the height of it's powers. Deeply resonant, mellifluous with those beautiful round tones. Her powers of transformation were also in high form also. By that I mean is that Sarah Vaughan could transform even the most over-performec piece into something unique and special, not just with her voice but her ability to find that crucial space or note to accent in just such a way to create a new take on whatever song she is singing.

If that weren't enough, then you have the accompaniment of this incredible quartet. Given the sheer virtuosity, one would be afraid that they might overpower a recording or take the focus away from the vocalist. They don't. They are, in this case brilliant accompanists and when called upon they display they soloing is essential.

There is a series of four pieces that are my favorites and true high points were Sarah performs duets with each instrumentalist. "More Than You Know" with Oscar Peterson, "My Old Flame" with Joe Pass, "Body and Soul" with Ray Brown and "When Your Lover Has Gone" with Louis Bellson.

In "More Than You Know" her voice is just a marvel. Oscar's accompaniment is incredible. He displays a virtuosity and sensitivity to both the sentiment of the song and what Sarah is attempting to do with it. This one is captivating as is "My Old Flame", which is filled with romance longing as Joe really backs her up with fluid lines that lilt like her voice does.

"Body and Song" is looser. She plays off of Ray's bedrock bass. They trade lines and spaces. They walk and they do so hand in hand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting duo: Vaughn & Peterson
Good vibe on this one. Two great artists don't always mesh as well as I would have hoped but excellent performances by both on this album.
Published 6 months ago by Mike C.
1.0 out of 5 stars Song Selection?
I have several SV albumns. Her voice on this one is GREAT!
Her backup musicians are GREAT!
Her song selections , where horrible! In my opinion.
Published on May 31, 2008 by Terry J. Pratt
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but no cigar
Exellent musicians but the overall effect is a bit boring - not up to her best recordings IMHO
Published on November 27, 2007 by Steve Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars There are no words..................
What a mix, Granz and Vaughan, the songs, musicians all come together to make a brilliant album. LOVE IT.
Published on June 18, 2007 by W. Soule
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Very Best Ever! . . . "This Is What Great Jazz Is All About"
"The interaction of Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown and Louie Bellson with Sarah is what great jazz is all about. Read more
Published on June 12, 2007 by Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue*
5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Doesn't Get Better Than This!
Sarah Vaughan. Oscar Peterson. Joe Pass. Ray Brown. Louis Bellson. On Pablo. Man, I'm tellinya, it just doesn't get better than this!

However, some below dissent. Read more
Published on April 15, 2006 by Rick Cornell
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE JAZZ LOVER'S MUST HAVE!!
Sarah's vocals are excellent, and like few other vocalists in any genre, the quality of her voice improved as she got older. Read more
Published on May 17, 2002 by Art Juarez
Mellow and mature, confident and professional, Sarah hired an all star cast, to deliver all star classics. This is a fabulous record and one you will love. Read more
Published on October 7, 2000 by don page
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