14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A good introduction to a great talent.,
This review is from: The Great American Songbook (Audio CD)
Sarah Vaughan is at the top of the list with a small band who pick themselves and will be on most poeples lists. Im referring to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and i know im missing one or two but they won't come to mind right now.
The thing with Sarah Vaughan is that sometimes she can sing almost as smooth as Ella on something like "Can't get out of this mood". At other times she can make "Summertime" fit beautifully into the voodoo like atmosphere conjured up by the bass and horns. Its a song ive always loved and have several different versions of it but ive never heard it done with such an almost sleazy delivery before.Its a performance you'd more likely associate with Ruth Brown who would come after her or Bessie Smith who went before.
To put it in a nutshell this collection manages to cover Sarah Vaughan in all her various moods and is a very good introduction to one of the handful or so of genuinely great female singers of any genre. So many are very good and the line between very good and great is often very thin indeed.
You're not really taking a chance at all if you buy this as quality is timeless. But its best served through headphones eyes closed so she just takes you away,on a sunday afternoon with feet up and a cold glass of whatever takes your fancy.