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Masters of American Music: Sarah Vaughan - The Divine One (2010)

Sarah Vaughan , Billy Eckstine , Matthew Sieg  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Roy Haynes, Joe Williams, Marty Paich
  • Directors: Matthew Sieg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: EUROARTS
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00354XVJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This riveting hour shows just how Sarah evolved, visually and vocally; it will leave the viewer with a mixture of joy that this wondrous memento exists and sorrow at the loss of which it reminds us. --Los Angeles Times

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Sarah Vaughan The Divine One recounts the stellar singer's career, from her beginnings at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, to her debut at the Apollo Theater and
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a true Diva! July 15, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I recently saw Dianne Reeves in concert. During her show she talked about how Sarah's voice inspired her to sing. She told the story of how she met Sarah before a show and didn't realize it was her because everyone kept calling her "Sassy". After leaving that incredible performance I became even more curious about "Sass" and her legacy.
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.
Peace. CLB.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sassy' voice did not deserve to be butchered... August 1, 2005
Format:DVD
I'm sorry to say this: THIS DVD SHOULD NEVER HAD BEEN RELEASED.
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?...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divine One - says it all October 5, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have loved this video-biography of Sarah Vaughan, from the day I first viewed it. I have two copies on VHS and one on DVD. If I have to fault this video, it is that the live performance clips are far too short, leaving you wanting more. They offer nothing more than a tantalizing glimpse of Sarah Vaughan's musical genius.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Is Simply Divine! May 30, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Sarah Vaughan-The Divine One. The illustrious career of "Sass" is chronicled in this one hour video featuring interviews with The Divine One herself, family members and professional acquaintances. The interviews offering the more personal, poignant and perceptive perspectives full of professional praise, come from long time accompanying pianist George Gaffney, Billy Eckstine and Joe Williams. Other revealing insights are offered by drummer Roy Haynes and daughter Paris Vaughan.
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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LET'S START IT OFF CLASSY! LET'S START IT OFF SASSY! February 5, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
For me, after Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington comes Sarah Vaughan, and this testament to her life and career reveals the sassy power she wielded as a performer and as a human being. Highlights include clips from some of her interviews (such as with Dick Cavett), and from some of her live performances--we see her sing "Misty," "After You've Gone," and "Send in the Clowns." More tracks from her sprawling career, however, would have made this production more palpable. At the end of the video, we still feel that there is much left unsaid and untouched about this talented jazz performer. From the sound clips we're given, we don't have much of a sense of Vaughan's vocal range. We need to hear tracks from the "Live From Mr. Kelly's" album; from the superb Copenhagen concert at the Tivoli Gardens in 1963; and from her marvelous work with Count Basie and Ben Webster. There are revealing intimate moments with Vaughan's daughter, Paris (who, with bitterness, it seems, shares with us about her mother's doubts and fears as a performer), and with Vaughan's mother (who humorously unfolds the story of Vaughan's winning the amateur contest at the Apollo Theatre as a teen); as well, we learn the most from Vaughan's musical colleagues, Joe Williams and Roy Haynes, among others (we learn that Sassy could swear like a sailor and loved to drink). This video construction of Vaughan's life, while good, is not excellent. We needed more of Sass's sass. But overall, it is an adequate introduction to a great jazz songstress.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and frank
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 more
Published on April 27, 2012 by Mike Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting biography of the greatest singer ever.
This program has been kicked around and re-released on several labels in several formats with very different artwork. This is the latest. Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by R. D. Grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Vaughan
Leonard Feather said the five greatest female jazz singers were Sarah, Billie Holiday, Carmen MacRae, Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O'Day. I agree. Read more
Published on July 9, 2010 by John A. Canfield
4.0 out of 5 stars The one and only
Here's another installment of the "Masters of American Music" television series--this one devoted to the late singer Sarah Vaughn--newly remastered on DVD by Euroarts. Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by Dean R. Brierly
4.0 out of 5 stars May You Live Forever and May I Never Die!
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 more
Published on April 15, 2010 by A. Kimmell
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice DVD intro to Sarah Vaughan
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
Published on August 5, 2007 by Nikica Gilic
4.0 out of 5 stars Sassy. . . .
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 more
Published on November 11, 2006 by Danniray99
5.0 out of 5 stars MY IDOL..MY MENTOR... Sassy Sarah
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 more
Published on October 19, 2003 by Angie B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
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 more
Published on April 19, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy Is The Best Of The Best!
This DVD brings out the quality of Sassy's unmistakeable sound. I had the privlage of spending time with her on the road with Count Basie and his Orchestra. Read more
Published on June 20, 2002 by Dee Minger
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