11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2005
This is Sarah Vaughn from a concert in Japan in 1973 when she was at the height of her powers(age 49).The cd reached #36 on Billboard's Jazz Albums for 1974. Definitely Sarah Vaughn was in the top echelon of female vocalists especially considering her great power, flexibility and range.
This is a program of standards, many of them really old, of some of the best songwriters who ever penned a song. She handles the whole reprtoire with an effortless ease, making each offering a listening pleasure. She is ably supported by a fine trio of Carl Schroeder on piano, bassist John Gianelli, and the well known Jimmy Cobb on drums.
Much to my surprise, this is currently out of print. Judging by the prices being asked for copies that are for sale, it won't be long before some label will reissue it when they realize there's a buck to be made. The recording was originally made on the "Mainstream" label for which she recorded in the early '70s.
This is acknowledged by music critics to be one of her best albums and well worth adding to your collection, particlarly if you are a Sarah Vaughn fan.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2003
She is alternatively sexy, earthy, funny, sultry, lyrical and showy - a tour de force of entertainment. Many of the songs are familiar and have been given new interpretations ("Over The Rainbow", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "The Nearness of You") and some are rarely heard gems.
All are performed with such class and professionalism it makes the event seem unrehearsed, a spontaneous rise from the audience for a song or two that becomes a night to remember. One is most impressed by her range - that throaty low almost guttural growl to those lofty notes that seem effortless in their delivery. This CD is unfortunately no longer available except through third parties but the pleasure is certainly worth the effort.
One should not forget the great job by the accompaniests who seem to understand intimately her quirks and strong points. This is a recording for the ages.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2004
Some of Sarah's best & live material is on this.Masterpieces on this are Lamp Is Low,'Round Midningt,Wave,Summertime and listen to her three octave range all in one song singing My Funny Valentine.With the exception of 3 all selections are beautifly arranged & performed Sarah,Bob Magnesend on Bass,Jimmy Cobb on drumbs and the genious piano player Carl Schroeder who talked with me & took me back to meet & talk with Sarah in New Orleans.The only thing that can compare with this is a CD of Sarah's titled"I've Got It Good" recorded in France in 3 different places 63-76.Sarah does a fantastic version of"Everything Must Change","Feelings","Close To You"about 20 songs(no mess ups)in a relaxed non-commercial bandwagon setting.It is on a Harmonia/Mudndi label & hard to find.The French seem to appreciate Sarah more & she felt relaxed & more refined knowing that overdramitization would just not go over with the French People.Sarah has 3 different sets of backing musicians on all these live sets.One had to know who Sarah was at a concert because she would never tell who she was.I have a live Gerschwin concert at Wolftrap with the National Symphony Orchestra where Sarah introduces"Just In Case You Don't Know Who I Am My Name Is Della Reese,Sometimes I'm June Carter,you never know".SV Line In Japan & I've Got It Good are both unique performances & complement each other.I collect all Sarah's recordings & these two are worth having and on the top of the list.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2009
I was extremely pleased at the clarity and the entire cd . The music selections were more than I could ask for. I would recommend this cd to many music/jazz lovers.
Also, I am looking for these music selections by Sarah Vaughan:
WHERE ARE THE CLOWNS
I donot know if she has sung these selections, but if she has any of theses songs on her previously recorded albums/cd, please e-mail this info to me if you have the time.
Thank you so much
A VERY HAPPY CUSTOMER!!!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2003
Overall this is an excellent live outing.Sarah had been out of the recording business for a while & she came back in a very humble & warming live way on this.Songs that will blow you away are 'Round Midnight,My Funny Valentine (5 minutes of pure soprano delight),Summertime,Where Do I Begin,Poor Butterfly,Lamp is Low. Sarah had great repor with her pianist Carl Schroeder & the combination of these two along with the bass vile & drumer is all that true talent needed for this spendid occasion.Most all selections are splendid with the exception of 4 selections that should have never have been on there and probably contributes to this being out of print.Willow Weep For Me,Misty(a lower octave version),Blues,Bye Bye Black Bird could absolutely be deleted from this and never missed.Sarah's humor is delightful on this and the a majority of the arrangements are sheer excellence.Comparing like outings Sarah's 85 Paris Concert "In The City Of Lights"cannot hold a dim candle to Live In Japan.Sarah jumped on that commercial band wagon and the humble & thankfullness are missing;some of the same material but the arrangements aren't near as good, done in a very brisk slipshod manner compared to 73 in Japan.SV Live In Japan is one of my favorite CD's of Sarah's.Beg,borrow or whatever on this CD it is a classic that you will NOT be sorry of playing over & over again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2012
I love this CD. There are so many great songs on it. She sings beautifully on this CD. I think any fan of Sarahs' should own this.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2012
1. A Foggy Day
2. Poor Butterfly
3. The Lamp Is Low
4. Round Midnight
5. Willow Weep For Me
6. There Will Never Be Another You
9. Like Someone in Love
10. My Funny Valentine
11. All of Me
12. Love Story (Where Do I Begin)
13. Over the Rainbow
14. I Could Write a Book
15. Nearness of You, The
16. I'll Remember April
17. Watch What Happens
18. Bye Bye Blackbird
on November 21, 2014
What can I say - Sara Vaughan lives up to her reputation in this remarkable collection.
on March 15, 2015
Great cd. Been looking for it a long time