Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi

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The title was heralding the newest technolgy, high fidelity, a sonic wonder that preceeded stereo, and Miss Vaughn was an early subject of this technoligical breakthrough. Recorded for Columbia spanning the years 1949 to 1952, this is a wonderful recording of Miss Vaughn’s. She recorded eight selections in 1950 with an octet that included trumpeter Miles Davis, trombonist Benny Green, the remarkably cool clarinetist Tony Scott and tenorman Budd Johnson. This CD adds alternate takes to seven of the numbers, increasing the discography of both Sassy and Miles. This version of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is a true classic (with memorable eight-bar solos by each of the four horns); “Mean to Me” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It” are gems, and the other performances are not far behind. In addition, Vaughan sings two versions of “The Nearness of You” in 1949; there is also a previously unknown recording of “It’s All In the Mind,” and three orchestra numbers from 1951 and 1953 wrap up the outstanding reissue. Sassy has rarely sounded better. Highly recommended. (allmusic)

Personnel includes: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Artie Drelinger, George Kelly, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Stan Webb (baritone saxophone); Russ Bazer, Harold Feldman (saxophone); Billy Butterfield, Taft Jordan, Miles Davis, Jimmy Maxwell, J. Milazzo, Red Solomon (trumpet); Will Bradley, Bennie Green, Jack Sattersfield (trombone); Tony Scott (clarinet); Jimmy Jones (piano, guitar); Lou Stein (piano); Al Cailoa, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe, Art Ryerson (guitar); Eddie Safranski, Billy Taylor, Jr., Frank Carroll (bass); Cozy Cole, J.C. Heard, Terry Snyder (drums).

Tracklist

01. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
02. Nice Work If You Can Get It
03. Come Rain Or Come Shine
04. Mean To Me
05. It Might As Well Be Spring
06. Can’t Get Out Of This Mood
07. Goodnight My Love
08. Ain’t Misbehavin’
09. Pinky
10. The Nearness Of You
11. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
12. Ooh, What-Cha Doin’ To Me
13. It’s All In The Mind
14. The Nearness Of You (Alternate Take)
15. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Alternate Take)
16. Goodnight My Love (Alternate Take)
17. Can’t Get Out Of This Mood (Alternate Take)
18. It Might As Well Be Spring (Alternate Take)
19. Mean To Me (Alternate Take)
20. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Alternate Take)
21. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon) (Alternate Take)
22. Pause Track

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3 Responses to “Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi”

  1. BR says:

    Thanks for posting this fine early Sarah Vaughan LP (and all the other great music you provide).

  2. Kurt says:

    Now Sarah Vaughan I know, and with Miles somewhere in the lineup it’s gotta be good, cheers.

  3. Kurt says:

    Just listened to this, it is as good as I expected, and me missus loves her too, cheers

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