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Jazz Icons: Sarah Vaughan Live in '58 & '64 (2007)

Sarah Vaughan  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sarah Vaughan
  • Format: Best of, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Jazz Icons
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TNJIJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Jazz Icons is doing for jazz what the Criterion Collection has done for classic and important films". -- Jazz Times

Jazz Icons represents the new millennium's most welcome shot in the arm for the music's soul -- Newsday.com, October 14, 2007, Gene Seymour

Product Description

Jazz Icons: Sarah Vaughan features the "Divine One" in her prime, wrapping her sultry voice around jazz standards such as "Lover Man", "Misty" and "I Got Rhythm and soaring on popular showtunes such as "Over The Rainbow" and "Maria". One of the greatest voices of the 20th Century, her renditions of songs by Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Burke, the Gershwins and Stephen Sondheim are pure diva magic. These three performances demonstrate why Sarah Vaughan is invariably mentioned in the same breath as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable: Beholding the Face of the Divine October 17, 2007
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As fortunate as I've been in catching and even meeting many of the giants (Coltrane, Ellington, etc.), I have several major regrets: never seeing Bird or Lady Day, and never seeing Hank Mobley or Sarah Vaughan during the late 50's/early '60s. Sarah was a pyrotechnical phenomenon in the '70s and '80s capable of impressing the most demanding listeners from any field of music, but she was truly both "Sassy" and "The Divine One" during the period captured on this video. She sang with an intimate, vibrant glow that lightened the listener's heart, producing the most indelible and timeless emotions, whether on ballads or up-tempo material.

It's surprising to learn that the first concert in the sequence, featuring Sarah in a casual, rather drab dress, actually came after the second concert, in which Sarah's radiant singing seems to match her white, glamorous, feminine attire. The third concert, on the other hand, is almost overly "produced," featuring Sarah in a formal context, a lavish coiffure (wig, I suspect), and taking on ambitious tunes lie Bernstein's "Mariah" to show off her operatic soprano. It also exposes the diva's propensity for perspiring heavily, which I noticed the several times I caught live her after 1970. Since Ella had a similar problem (though somewhat less noticeable), especially after donning a wig, I've got to wonder if that single addition wasn't a strong contributer to becoming "over-heated."

Upon a second viewing of the video, I found that the musical upstaged the visual element (as it should), bringing Sarah Vaughan's supremacy into clearer focus than ever, her only challengers for the top spot coming down to Ella and Billie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best!! July 23, 2008
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I have almost all her Lp's / cd's and now I try to get everything that I can get on DVD. I was excited and thrilled to get this dvd, simply because you cant hardly get anything from Sarah singing during the 50's and 60's on dvd or videotape.
This dvd is my favorite...her voice is phenomenal, her musicality is superb...not to mention her talent.
Lets make it clear folks, she was the best ever!! All the good musicians and singers admit that!
Not any singer nowadays comes close to what Sarah did!
She was a still is my hero!
Buy this DVD, and enjoy her version of Maria, Baubles Bangles and Beads and songs like Lover Man, I feel Pretty, sometimes I'm happy etc.
And for those who never saw Sarah live performing, you HAVE to buy this dvd.
It deserves a million stars!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST VOICE EVER RECORDED July 30, 2012
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With all due respect here we go again. Critics criticizing who don't understand this African-American artform. It's not about whether she had some cough syrup or you thought her wig was hidious. It is about this sublime and remarkable artist who's voice was second to none. She did things that no other vocalist ever did or will do again. The greatest singer who ever lived, who was also a virtuoso musician to boot. A brilliant pianist and arranger who could read any musical chart placed in front of her who's vocal range and ability was limitless. These performances are timeless and extraordinary and her voice was truly a magnificent direct gift from the Divine Creator of us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From very good to sublime March 6, 2012
By jazznut
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The three concerts shown here range in order from very good, to excellent, to the sublime Sarah Vaughan of 1964. Her backing trios are an asset on all three, with young bassists Richard Davis and Buster Williams the most notable sidemen. This is a must for every Vaughan fan, with her version of "Maria" being the ultimate high point.
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