Sarah Vaughan: 1958 and 1964 - JazzWax

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November 24, 2008


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Red Colm O'Sullivan

Thanks very much for this, Marc (I'm a Vaughanophile, I'll have you know).
I'm interested to ask, especially in light of the recent dream Mr. Bright describes, did he and Sarah ever make up again as friends after his leaving her employ to go with Nancy Wilson... and how... and, if so, did they indeed see each other in later years...
And what about Buster Williams! Magnificent! And that drummer, George Hughes, just kills me...
Like I say - my many thanks,
RED (Ireland).

Ed Leimbacher

Great call, Mr.M! Sassy was classy indeed in those days, and i too love that Icons video feast. Just wanted to add two things: for anyone with a hundred bucks to drop, the bigger-version box set also includes same-period performances by Coltrane, Ellington, Mingus, Brubeck, Montgomery, and Gordon. Wow!

Also, i know Vaughan had it in her right up to the end, but i truly do prefer her less-stylized and perfectly considered singing in the Fifties. Her two-record set on Mercury, Great Songs from Hit Shows, is one of my top ten of all time, even if less spontaneously combustible than Sassy and trio live. (And the Gershwin Merc two-set not far behind.)

Ivan Santiago

It's really a fantastic DVD; I had pretty much the same reaction when I watched it, about haf a year ago. I also agree with the poster who prefers Sarah when she isn't "overstylizing" things, or even hamming them up. She is at her very best throughout this DVD.

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