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5.0 out of 5 stars Everlasting Sarah, 8 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: No Count Sarah + After Hours at The London House (Audio CD)
Somehow I missed these recordings from dates in 1958. Earl Hines's discovery, Sarah Vaughan, is at the top of her considerable form. Her showcase style is perfectly portrayed with her pitch perfect timing and controlled vibrato. It reeks of emotion and sheer virtuosity. 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' starts with such wonderful intonation and control followed by 'Just One Of Those Things' and 'No Count Blues'. The heart-strings are pulled so achingly by her renditions of 'Moonlight in Vermont' and 'Stardust' where her vocal introduction is an instrument in itself. The backing is magnificent. Basie's band are so tight and fantastic. Basie, himself, is absent, but has his shoes filled by Ronnell Bright on piano. It doesn't matter a jot. These boys can solo, swing and fill in behind Sarah's vocals.

The 'After Hours' set followed three performances at Mr Kelly's and began at 2.30a.m before an invited audience. Totally improvised and with a clutch of musical score sheets, Sarah delivers an unbelievably enchanting and sublime concert. Her trio of Richard Davis, Roy Haynes and Ronnell Bright are boosted by Thad Jones, Wendell Culley and Frank Wess with Henry Coker on trombone from the Basie band. What wonderful music. 'Detour' with Coker's solo and 'Three Little Words' featuring Thad Jones's trumpet, 'Speak Low' and 'Like Someone In Love' don't even hint at breakfast time. They are so poignant and delightful. Again, her slight drop behind the beat in her timing is such a gift. 'Thanks for The Memory' is humorously delivered in the time warp of tiredness lifted by Sarah, and the show must go on.

Magnificent. I cannot recommend this more highly. An informative booklet accompanies. The studio sound is first class. The live recording is also remarkably good.
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