Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown


This 1954 studio date, a self-titled album recorded for Emarcy, was later reissued as Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown to denote the involvement of one of the top trumpeters of the day. Vaughan sings nine intimate standards with a band including Brown on trumpet, Herbie Mann on flute, and Paul Quinichette on tenor, each of which have plenty of space for solos (most of the songs are close to the five-minute mark). Vaughan is arguably in the best voice of her career here, pausing and lingering over notes on the standards “April in Paris,” “Jim,” and “Lullaby of Birdland.” As touching as Vaughan is, however, Brown almost equals her with his solos on “Lullaby of Birdland,” “Jim,” and “September Song,” displaying his incredible bop virtuosity in a restrained setting without sacrificing either the simple feeling of his notes or the extraordinary flair of his choices. Quinichette’s solos are magnificent as well, his feathery tone nearly a perfect match for Vaughan’s voice. Ironically though, neither Brown nor Quinichette or Mann appear on the album’s highlight, “Embraceable You,” which Vaughan performs with close accompaniment from the rhythm section: Jimmy Jones on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. Vaughan rounds the notes with a smile and even when she’s steeping to reach a few low notes, she never loses the tremendous feeling conveyed by her voice. In whichever incarnation it’s reissued, Sarah Vaughan With Clifford Brown is one of the most important jazz-meets-vocal sessions ever recorded. (allmusic)

Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Ernie Wilkins (arranger); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown (trumpet); Herbie Mann (flute); Jimmy Jomes (piano); Joe Benjamin (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).


01. Lullaby Of Birdland
02. September Song
03. I’m Glad There Is You
04. You’re Not The Kind
05. Jim
06. He’s My Guy
07. April In Paris
08. It’s Crazy
09. Embraceable You
10. Lullaby Of Birdland (Alternate Take)

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4 Responses to “Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown”

  1. Paco's brother says:

    Sarah, Clifford….le rĂªve

  2. barry hunt says:

    The dream, indeed. Been looking for this one for a while. Thank you!

  3. chacha2369 says:

    parfait , classic shit comme dirait l’autre ;)

  4. DJ Base says:

    What a great album – thanks!

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