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listen  1. Perdido (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Cried For You (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Alone (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. There Are Such Things (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mean To Me (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Gentleman Is A Dope (Allegro) (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. You Go To My Head (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Until I Met You (Alternative Version;Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. You Turned The Tables On Me (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Little Man You've Had A Busy Day (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Teach Me Tonight (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan With Joe Williams 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. If I Were A Bell (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan With Joe Williams 2:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Until I Met You (Remix)Count Basie & Sarah Vaughan 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1961
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Roulette Jazz
  • ASIN: B000005H33
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Such a sense of swing,such a perfection, this is simply terrific.
JEAN-MARIE JUIF
What we all recognize as the classic, minimalist "Count Basie style" of piano playing actually evolved from his role as a supporting commentator to his soloists.
D. J. Zabriskie
The band plays this with style; the brass is used very well and the music perfectly complements Sarah's vocals.
Matthew G. Sherwin

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If you bought this record just to hear "I Cried For You"--especially the note she hits at the end of the first line "..now it's your turn to cry over me"-- you would feel it was worth the price of the disc. Half a dozen other great arrangements make this a standout. If you love Count Basie and The Divine Sarah, you have to own it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Count Basie/Sarah Vaughan features great words and music by Count Basie and His Band along with Sarah Vaughan--and there are even two tracks with Joe Williams helping out, too! The quality of the sound is wonderful on this digitally remastered CD of a 1961 record album; and the artwork is very nicely done as well.

"Perdido" has Sarah Vaughan singing at her very best; her voice is very rich, warm and rather vibrant. Sarah swings brightly to make her performance really great; and she scats as well as the best of them ever could! The band plays this with style; the brass is used very well and the music perfectly complements Sarah's vocals. "Perdido" is quite a strong beginning number for this album; and the jazzy arrangement is grand. "Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)" is a fantastic track that showcases Sarah Vaughan's incredible strength as a female vocalist. Sarah sings this with lots of passion and you can tell that she has truly delved into "Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)" to make her rendition of this ballad shine. The brass and piano arrangements are also very good.

"Alone" gets the royal treatment from Sarah who delivers this with panache; I really like "Alone" and Sarah aces this effortlessly. Sarah's excellent diction and her uncanny sense of timing make "Alone" a wonderful number to enjoy. "Mean To Me" places Sarah Vaughan squarely front and center right next to the sublime musical arrangement by Count Basie and His Orchestra. "Mean To Me" is definitely a major highlight of this album; and I think that you'll like it a lot. In addition, "The Gentleman Is A Dope" sparkles when Sarah Vaughan sings this alongside the Count Basie Band.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Zabriskie on December 9, 2004
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The thing that always seems to get overlooked in any discussion of Basie's music is his extraordinary taste as an accompanyist. What we all recognize as the classic, minimalist "Count Basie style" of piano playing actually evolved from his role as a supporting commentator to his soloists. In "Basie II," where the whole band became an extension of the leader's style, it comes as no surprise that the Basie Band became the premiere big band for accompanying singers. EVERYBODY, from B. B. King to Frank Sinatra, wanted to record with the Basie Band. So, putting Sarah Vaughan out front of the orchestra proves to be a particular stroke of genius.

Sarah was, as everybody knows by now, an "unlimited" vocalist, with complete control over her incredible 3 1/2 octave range. She came up in the same Earl Hines Band that was "the incubator of bebop," producing such talents as Lucky Thompson, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey, to name just a few. Dizzy's famous "A Night In Tunisia" was originally written as a vocal feature for Sarah Vaughan. Her chops on all of these songs combine with a rare gift for getting to the emotional and musical core of things that is simply astounding. Even superficial show-tunes, like "The Gentleman Is a Dope," emerge as major revelations the way she sings them. Meanwhile, the Basie Band supports her with just the right mix of drama and tone color throughout. Basie insists on honest JAZZ performance on every number, so that even the more sentimental numbers emerge as standout vocal stylings. There is none of the pop schmaltz which too often invades Sarah's recordings with others. So, what we get here is perhaps the most unlimited jazz singer ever, doing what only she can do, while the Basie Bands supports her with powerful, punchy, TASTEY charts, executed with the usual phenomenal precision.

Give one listen to "You Turned the Tables on Me" and you'll know why this CD belongs in your collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm a huge Sarah Vaughan fan (as well as Count Basie), so my rating is in comparison to her other albums. Despite the fact that the album features lush orchestrations, tightly played, one is tempted to call this "Big Bland"--for the most part, the instrumental section plays it fairly safe and conservative.

Some will enjoy the arrangements, and a convincing argument can be made that the soloist is Ms. Vaughan. While "I Cried For You" has a tasty sax break, I wish there were more solos, given the Basie line-up that played on these 1960-1961 recording dates. These include Thad Jones(tr), Joe Newman(tr), Al Grey(tm), Marshall Royal(as), Frank Foster(ts), and Freddie Green(dr).

That said, Sarah Vaughan is the reason to buy the album, and she's reason enough. Her voice is smooth and velvety, the phrasing original, always interesting, and right on target, and she can swing a song, or deliver the full emotion of a ballad (e.g., "YOU GO to my Head"). She has an incredible range, although she seems to play more with the high notes (as opposed to the low) here than on some other albums. Examples include "Mean to ME" and "The Gentleman is a Dope" --the funny "answer" song to "The Lady is a Tramp." There's also fewer operatic pyrotechnics here, the swoops and bends that were occasionally overdone. As such, this might be a good album for people who previously have appreciated her voice, but perhaps not her style.

Other highlights include a playful and dynamic version of the seldom heard "You Turned the Tables on Me," and, especially, the exhilarating duets with Joe Williams on "Teach Me Tonight," and "If I were a Bell" Details: 46:43 minutes, arrangements (except for "Little Man(You've Had a Busy Day)" and "Teach Me Tonight") by Thad Jones. The liner notes are excellent.
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