Some called her "Sassy" or "The Divine One", but for most, Sarah Vaughan was known as only one thing: the ultimate jazz vocalist of the 20th-Century. Now, a quartet of classic albums have been brought together to further enhances the legacy of this magisterial singer. The recordings span nearly 40 years and bookend her first major label signing to Columbia in 1949 and her return to the label as a world-renowned diva in 1982 and 1987.
‘After Hours With Sarah Vaughan’ captures the sumptuous 1949-1952 sessions. Complemented by orchestra leaders including Percy Faith and Mitch Miller, Vaughan delivers top notch interpretations of ‘Just Friends’, ‘I Cried For You’, ‘Street Of Dreams’, ‘Black Coffee’ and other standards. Four bonus tracks not found on the original album are included here.
‘Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi’, features her mostly from 1949 and 1950 in a more jazz-oriented setting with none other than a young Miles Davis.
Recorded at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982 ‘Michael Tilson Thomas / Sarah Vaughan: Gershwin Live!’ unites the fully matured singer still in peak vocal condition, with the renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in a program of beloved Gershwin tunes that includes ‘The Man I Love’ and ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ as well as a ‘Porgy and Bess’ medley. This album won Vaughan the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
‘Sarah Vaughan: Brazilian Romance’, Vaughan's last complete album, finds her in a personal comfort zone. A long-time fan of Brazilian popular music, Vaughan takes to such gorgeous tunes as ‘So Many Stars’, ‘Photograph’ and ‘Nothing Will Be As It Was’ with passion and her trademark artistry; a fitting farewell.