Sarah Vaughan
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Sarah Vaughan

February 29, 2000

  Song Title Artist
Lullaby Of Birdland Sarah Vaughan
April In Paris Sarah Vaughan
He's My Guy Clifford Brown
Jim Clifford Brown
You're Not The Kind Clifford Brown
Embraceable You Clifford Brown
I'm Glad There Is You Clifford Brown
September Song Clifford Brown
It's Crazy Clifford Brown
Lullaby Of Birdland Clifford Brown

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  • Label: Verve Records
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  • Total Length: 49:57
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  • ASIN: B000V6MSJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,092 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeously restored classic March 23, 2000
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Sarah Vaughan's self-titled album featuring Clifford Brown has always been a landmark of her recording career; her warm, lush voice was in absolute top form and the musical backing was nothing short of stellar. And whereas most jazz vocalists of the 50's focused mainly on their own singing, this album explains why musicians considered Sarah one of their own; this isn't so much a singer's release as it is a project by a jazz combo that happens to feature a human voice as one of its counterparts. Generous solos are given throughout, and the album has an earthy, jam-session quality. "You're Not the Kind" and "Lullaby of Birdland" show Sarah at the height of her swinging abilities ("Birdland" even boasts what is arguably the best scat of her career) and "I'm Glad There is You," "April in Paris," and "Embraceable You" rank among the most moving and emotional ballads she's ever recorded.
Additionally, this release single-handedly justifies the remastering and reissuing process. This album has been available on CD for years and sounded just fine; the reissue, however, adds a texture to the music (especially noticeable on sax and drums) that is priceless. Amazingly, Sarah's voice sounds even more beautiful and the project as a whole no longer sounds like it was recorded decades ago. For artistic jazz standards of yesteryear and the sound technology of today, you can't find a better release than "Sarah Vaughan."
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Sarah November 27, 2001
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Subtle Sarah
There's no one like the young Sarah Vaughan; on this album she has a beautifully smooth and supple voice (in addition to her famous "head tones"). She's not quite as operatic or showy (the long tremolos, for example) here as on some of her work. Despite the relative understatement, however, her tonal changes and swoops are dramatic.
She's wonderful on "Lullaby of Birdland," scatting as well as Ella, and she excels on "September Song," almost defining the vocal ballad. The great Clifford Brown has a sweet extended trumpet solo, rapid and soft at the same time. While I'm not a fan of jazz flute, Herbie Mann adds dimension to the album (and is used sparingly), and he stays away from pyrotechnics. "He's My Guy" has almost an R and B sound, with an excellent sax solo, and memorable work by Brown and Jones. But, ouch... there's a high-pitched flute solo that I could have done without. "Guy" is one of the faster songs on this album of ballads.
There's an excellent selection of standards here, from "I'm Glad There is You," to "April in Paris" and "Embraceable You," with subtle comping by Paul Quinichette (ts), Jimmy Jones (p), and Joe Benjamin (b). "I'm Glad There is You" is tender and romantic, and Sarah provides some tremendous vocals, shifting tones in mid-stream and adding tremolos to good effect. Her sentimental "April in Paris" is perhaps the best version I've heard- she elevates its emotional power without saccharine effects. "Embraceable You" is not quite as appealing; Brownie's trumpet would have increased the impact. While I can never get enough of Clifford Brown, there's enough here to satisfy, especially his full-ground, powerful, cuttingly smooth work on "Jim," "He's My Guy," and the aforementioned "September Song.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top ten all time Jazz September 10, 2004
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This is another album ranking in my top-ten personal favorites, and damned if it doesn't feature Clifford Brown too, just like Helen Merrill's classic...he draws your heartstrings and accents these recordings naturally, perfectly. Beautiful songs, beautiful lady, nobody has more gorgeous phrasing or heart-lifting vocals than Sarah. Can you live without this album in regular rotation? I can't.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Music December 20, 1999
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One of the great recordings of all time. Sarah's voice is perfectly recorded, and she was absolutely hitting her stride. The players include three of the all-time greats: Herbie Mann, Paul Quinichette, and the great Clifford Brown.
Song highlights include the beautiful "I'm Glad There Is You," the serene "April in Paris," and "Jim". "Jim" is particularly notable for Brownie's priceless solo -- one of the best recordings of Brownie at his peak shortly before his tragic death. The segue from Sarah to Brownie is a model of everything vocal jazz is supposed to be. If you don't get the chills, check your pulse.
Some say Sarah was more of an operatic than a jazz singer. This album, with classic tunes played by a who's-who of 1950's jazz, proves them wrong.
If you're going to buy only one Sarah Vaughan album, this should probably be it, followed closely by "Crazy and Mixed Up."
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy small-group music from Vaughan November 27, 2002
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At this stage of her career Vaughan was often put in front of larger bands; here, however, she's working just with Jimmy Jones's trio plus three horns: tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette, flautist Herbie Mann & the great trumpeter Clifford Brown. The arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, though the tracks aren't in fact highly "arranged" in feel.
Sarah Vaughan's voice was of course at its freshest & loveliest at this point, & it's truly mesmerizing no matter what the material. Or perhaps I should say "despite the material": there's an odd mix of classic songs like "September Song", "April in Paris" & "Embraceable You" with material that hardly was up to that calibre. "Lullaby of Birdland" is a great tune, but it's an instrumental: the lyrics superadded to Shearing's melody are truly atrocious, & Vaughan's near-operatic voice can't do much with rhymes like "birdland" and "word-land", or phrases like "magic music we make with our lips when we kiss". "Jim"'s lyrics mine the same kind of helpless pathos one associates with some of Billie Holiday's setpieces, & Vaughan's reading has some noticeable Holiday inflections, but it's not exactly a great tune, with a wretchedly clumsy B section lyric (rhyming "call it quits" with "breaking my heart in bits"....ouch!). -- All that said, Vaughan's superb on the material which actually can sustain some interpretive weight. "April in Paris" & "Embraceable You" are both done at dead-slow tempos & are very lovely; "Lullaby of Birdland", despite the rotten lyrics, also has an excellent bit of scatting on it.
The band is rather mixed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Needless duplication of the same songs in different second-rate renditions are included (to fill space? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fellow Traveler
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown.
First of all.
I love this period in Sarah Vaughan's career. She was at her peak at this time(in my humble opinion), and as a jazz singer was hard to match. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars The original album plus an additional track
This is the original album that includes another cut of Lullaby of Birdland as the last track. There is another version of this album titled Complete Recordings With Clifford Brown... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mike Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
I knew of Sarah Vaughan prior to buying this CD. This is undoubtedly about the music and the ensemble. It has incredible subtlty and depth. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Julian Lev
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the BEST recording available
This particular CD is not the best recording of this seminal album that Amazon has available. If you're willing to spring for a few extra bucks then please check out the 2005... Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by Chucky T
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah at her best
This album with Sarah Vaughn and Clifford Brown is a match made in heaven. Though some of Sarah's recordings with lush orchestrations can be a bit over the top, this one hits the... Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by Argonaut
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah and Clifford have it out in the studio. No clear winner emerges.
Don't get me wrong: This review might sound a little negative, but really, it's all good. Sarah sings wonderfully, Clifford plays amazingly, and there isn't a bad track on this CD. Read more
Published on December 22, 2008 by Eric C. Sedensky
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
I can't add anything to what the other reviewers have said. I can only toss in another 5-star review.
Published on December 15, 2008 by gizzyspal
5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy At Her Intimate BEST (with Clifford Brown is Icing on the Cake...
If I had to pick a "Desert Island" CD of Sarah Vaughan (a.k.a. "Sassy"), I'd go to my remote island with this one. Read more
Published on October 29, 2008 by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Sassy and Brownie - what more can you ask for?
What do you get when you team one of the most beautiful voices in the history of Jazz music (or any musical genre for that matter) with perhaps the greatest trumpet player in Jazz... Read more
Published on April 6, 2007 by JoeyD
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