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Sarah Vaughn
(b. 3/27/24 - Newark, NJ    d. 4/3/90 - Hidden Hills, CA)

Title: Compact Jazz
Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vocals)
Recorded: Various
Label: Verve
Comments: "Sassy" Sarah Vaughan was quite simply one of the most impressive vocalists of the 20th century in any genre. In fact, it is widely agreed upon that had Sarah decided to pursue a career in opera, she would have rivaled the giants of her time. The control of her four octave range was just mind-boggling. And to consider the fact that she would rarely warm up is just even more incredible. A hard-drinking, swearing, ball-buster, musicians were just in awe of her talent and presence. This CD is a great introduction to her prolific career.
Title: Billie, Ella, Lena, Sarah
Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vocals)
Label: Sony/Columbia
Comments: A wonderful compilation of the four Queens of Jazz, the tracks from 1950 of Sarah are exceptional small group recordings. Her classic recordings of "East of the Sun" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" are especially noteworthy for her all-star band, including Miles Davis.
Title: Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown
Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vocals), Clifford Brown (trumpet), Herbie Mann (flute), Jimmy Jones (piano), Paul Quinichette (tenor sax), Roy Haynes (drums), Joe Benjamin (bass)
Recorded: 1954
Label: Emarcy
Comments: This CD is a gem, featuring the inestimable Clifford Brown on trumpet and Roy Haynes on drums. Her voice was incredible then, and it was incredible at the end of her career...simply amazing!

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