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Masters of American Music: Sarah Vaughan - The Divine One


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  • Actors: Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Roy Haynes, Joe Williams, Marty Paich
  • Directors: Matthew Sieg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: German (PCM Mono), English (PCM Mono), French (PCM Mono)
  • 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: #251,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

Review

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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The sound quality of this DVD is beautiful.
A. Kimmell
Sass' vocal range is well over the five octaves found on a 88-key piano!
Angie B.
Yet she STILL retained her magnificent instrument!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa Bolding on 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 By Jazzisticus on 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 By Avesraggiana on 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 By danani@pacbell.net on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dean R. Brierly on May 16, 2010
Format: DVD
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. The 56-minute documentary traces Vaughn's beginnings as a teenage singer, her auspicious debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater, her tenure in bands led by Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine, and her long and highly successful solo career. Lots of vintage concert footage, including rare performances from the 1950s, are interspersed with heartfelt, revealing interviews with Eckstine, drummer Roy Haynes, arranger Marty Paich, pianist George Gaffney, Vaughn's mother and daughter, and Sarah herself. It's a fast-moving and frequently fascinating document marred only by its brevity--it's far too short to do more than trace the outlines of her unparalleled career and striking personality. That said, the film captures Vaughn's onstage charisma, allowing viewers to look back in time and enjoy the unique voice and horn-like phrasing that elevated her to the pantheon of popular American singers.
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