The Definitive Sarah Vaughan

The Definitive Sarah Vaughan

by Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan




This joint venture between Blue Note and Verve captures the sweet and sassy sounds of Sarah Vaughan at her best as recorded by Emarcy, Mercury, and Roulette. The 16-song compilation is arranged chronologically and kicks off with a duet between Vaughan and the man who discovered her, Billy Eckstine, recorded in 1949 before moving to her mid-'50s recordings for Mercury and Emarcy. She was equally at home recording with large orchestras, small jazz ensembles, or piano, bass, and drums. Highlights from this period include her wonderfully swinging album Swingin' Easy, which she recorded with her trio of John Malachi on piano, Crazy Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. The track "Shulie a Bop" is taken from this album and features a great scat solo. At the same time she was cutting some swinging jazz sides with big-name players like Clifford Brown, she was recording string-filled ballads with orchestral backing like "Tenderly," which was cut in 1954 with Hugo Peritti's orchestra. She would continue this approach all throughout her career, and this CD does a good job of showing both sides of Vaughan. Other highlights from the compilation include a desperately romantic version of "Lush Life" cut in 1956 with Hal Mooney's orchestra, a near operatic rendition of "My Man's Gone Now" from 1957 that shows off Vaughan's powerful vibrato, and a laid-back and swinging take on "The Sweetest Sounds" from 1967 backed by the incredible brass section of Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Charlie Shavers, and Joe Newman. The Definitive Sarah Vaughan has a couple of non-fatal flaws: there are only two songs from her five-year tenure at Roulette and an over-reliance on the orchestral ballads. Throw in a couple more swinging tracks and the discs would be really special, but it is still a nice overview and is recommended to anyone who wants to check out the early work of the divine Sarah Vaughan.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0731458994923
catalogNumber: 589949


  1. Dedicated to You
  2. My Funny Valentine
  3. Shulie a Bop
  4. Lover Man
  5. Tenderly
  6. Lullaby of Birdland
  7. It's Crazy
  8. How High the Moon
  9. Lush Life
  10. Autumn in New York
  11. Poor Butterfly
  12. My Man's Gone Now
  13. Misty
  14. You're Mine, You
  15. Key Largo
  16. The Sweetest Sounds

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Vaughan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Richard X. Heyman   Conductor
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Clifford Brown   Trumpet
Richard Davis   Bass
Billy Eckstine   Vocals
Bob James   Piano
Quincy Jones   Strings,Conductor
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Herbie Mann   Flute
Ted Nash   Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Jerome Richardson   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Ronnell Bright   Piano
Ronnie Lang   Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Hal Mooney   Conductor
George Greeley   Piano
Israel Baker   Violin
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Cy Bernard   Cello
Harry Bluestone   Violin
William Boucaya   Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Joe Comfort   Bass
Pierre Cullaz   Guitar
Richard David   Bass
James A. Decker   French Horn
Art Drelinger   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor
Benny Gill   Violin
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Benny Golson   Reeds
Roy Haynes   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Jo Hrasko   Saxophone
Marcel Hrasko   Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
J. Alan Johnson   Trombone
Jimmy Jones   Guitar,Piano
Kathyrine Julye   Harp
Harry Klee   Woodwind
Ray Kramer   Cello
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Hugo Peretti   Conductor
John Malachi   Piano
Sam Marowitz   Alto Saxophone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Clarinet,Flute
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
George Roberts   Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Nathan Ross   Violin
Mischa Russell   Violin
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Zoot Sims   Saxophone
Marshall Sosson   Violin
David Sterkin   Viola
Milton Thomas   Viola
Turk VanLake   Guitar
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Champ Webb   Woodwind
Sid Weiss   Bass
Kai Winding   Trombone
Phil Woods   Reeds
Larry Breen   Bass
Ronald Bright   Piano
Michael A. Hauser   Vibes
Alex Murray   Violin
Nick Pisani   Violin
Bernard Kaufman   Clarinet,Flute
Joe Lipman   Strings,Conductor
Hal Mooney Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Joe Howard   Trombone
Louis Singer   Drums
Henry Hill   Violin
Bob James & Creations   Piano
George Martimore Roberts   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Bob James   Arranger
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer
George Shearing   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Benny Carter   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Executive Producer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Peter Pullman   Copy Editing
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Sarah Vaughan   Composer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
George David Weiss   Composer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
George Treadwell   Composer
Joe Lipman   Arranger
Tom Evered   Executive Producer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Shohji Ichikawa   Liner Notes
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Leah Worth   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
John Golden   Composer
Raymond Hubbell   Composer
Bob James & Creations   Arranger

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