Masters of American Music: Sarah Vaughan - The Divine One
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her pre-eminence in nightclubs, concert halls and jazz festivals around the world. Packed with insightful interviews many with Sarah herself and live performances spanning her
entire career, this is a very special portrait of a woman who was professionally unparalleled. Performances of: The Shadow Of Your Smile; I've Got A Crush On You;
Once In A While; Someone To Watch Over Me; Misty; Send In The Clowns;
Somewhere Over The Rainbow and many more.
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I enjoyed this video tremendously. Like the previous reviews stated, it is filled with performances from her early years to later. Other greats of jazz and close friends (Joe Williams, Billy Eckstein, fellow musicians, etc) speak candidly about her as a friend and artist. Her mother and daughter also give insight to her life (her self-image woes) as well as refreshing antecdotes (the apollo experience and her "sailor's tongue")
The performances are breathtaking. Sarah Vaughan didn't just sing. She SANG. Her voice was an instrument and it is truly amazing to listen to her on songs like "Summertime", "Misty" and "Send In the Clowns" She had style, grace and a presence all her own. Sarah Vaughan commanded attention and mesmorized audiences in every performance.
I recommend this video for anyone who wants to learn about one of the greats of music. Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One is a wonderous glimpse into the life of a jazz jewel, whose music still sparkles.
If you notice they call it a videocassette in the inital copy warnings, twice... Video quality is pretyy much NTSC VHS.
I'm a great fan of Sarah since 1973, when I heard her, at the Cascais Jazz festival, weeping and apologizing for a failure that occurred in the sound system, and own 13 LP's of her great art. All of them sound better that the Dolby crap on this DVD, including above all the "Mono" Mercury with Clifford Brown. The 1978 "How Long has this been going on" is a treasure..
Sarah Vaughn is to be heard and to TO BE FELT. This DVD contains too little music, too much babbling, no PCM Audio, no Subtitles.
It is pure exploitation and BMG should be ashamed of publishing it.
If there is no better video/film footage of Sarah available anywhere, do no publish any video, leave us blind. I'm only sorry for the earing impared, but what can I do?...
By far my most favourite excerpt is "The Shadow of Your Smile". This live performance outdoes any other recording I have ever heard by another artist and even outdoes Sarah Vaughan's studio recording with Mercury Records. I wish I could obtain the complete performance of this live rendition.
It sounds trite I know, but this is a must have for any self-respecting Sarah Vaughan fan.
There are film and video tape excerpts of performances from every decade of her career. The producers and researchers are to be commended for their acquisition of footage of Sarah from the late 40's and early 50's, considering the media focus during those times was otherwise placed. The juxtaposition of interviews offer a sober, cogent journal of this unparalleled vocal talent and her career. We learn that Sarah, although a tremendously talented artist, had insecurities and disappointments relating to her professional accomplishments.
Any lover of her music will be slightly disappointed more time was not spent on extended clips of her performances. What we are shown however, allows the viewer to observe the maturation of a phenomenal voice that is all at once, heartwarming and compelling. Earlier cuts like, "Cherokee," "Over The Rainbow" and "You're Not The Kind," give an ample display of Sarah's musicianship, unique vocal stylings and fluidity. The fabled two and a half octave vocal range is heard in the all too brief opening excerpt of "A Foggy Day In London Town," "Send In The Clowns" and "Once In A While" [Sarah accompanies herself here on piano and more adequately demonstrates her keyboard ability.Read more ›
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The Masters of American Music: Sarah Vaughan was magnificent!! It is an unsung feature of remarkable vocalists performing live ~ such a treasure!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paula
I purchased my copy of this DVD as a part of a 5-DVD set titled Masters of American Music (which I highly recommend. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Mike Tarrani
This program has been kicked around and re-released on several labels in several formats with very different artwork. This is the latest. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by R. D. Grimes
Leonard Feather said the five greatest female jazz singers were Sarah, Billie Holiday, Carmen MacRae, Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O'Day. I agree. Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by Jack in W.Va.
Watching Sarah Vaughan sing makes me feel very sad for today's batch of manufactured young Pop Starlets and the sheer impossibility of them being able to sing anything close to the... Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by A. Kimmell
Great intro into the life and art of one of the greatest vocal artists of jazz...
If there were a bit more jazz and a bit less life I would be even more pleased (and the... Read more
This DVD of Sarah Vaughan provides a good overview of "The Divine One's" life and music. To be honest, it does leave you wishing it were longer, but there are some impressive... Read morePublished on November 11, 2006 by Danniray99
This DVD retains the life of Sarah in the presence of audiences worldwide. Notice how smooth she appears and how graceful she is as she performs. Read morePublished on October 19, 2003 by Angie B.
Good, solid overview of Sass' professional life, with just enough personal info to give you a sense of who she was as a person and to put her artistry in context. Read morePublished on April 19, 2003