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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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  • Audio CD (July 5, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pablo
  • ASIN: B000000XJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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