Duke Ellington And Sarah Vaughan - Live At The Berlin Philharmonic Hall 1989 [DVD] DVD – 23 Jul 2007
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scatting and mellow-singing with her trio, as well as a not so bad (but neither perfect nor perfectly presented) version of Duke Ellington's orchestra,
featuring Russell Procope, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves and other giants, plus some bit younger but still mean cats (Harold Ashbey, Norris Turney)...
Maybe Cootie Williams is not up to the task on "Take the A Train" (Is it really him? He used to sound so powerful once upon the time...), but Gonsalves-Ashby-Turney tenor sax battle is a riot(on "Triplicate") and Duke is always a pure joy to watch and listen, conducting and leading his orchestra and the smaller outfits (which is also documented in the Ellington segment of the DVD).
The liner notes are non-existant in my version of this DVD
and the personell info on Ellington is quite insuficient, but this is a nice addition to your jazz video collection...
Sassy sings "Scat' Blues", perrenial favorite "Misty" (before her voice grew too deep for the bennefit of that lovely Garner-penned ballad) and other standards and gems ("Clear Day",
"I Cried for You", "My Funny Valentine" and "All of me")... The pianist Johnny Veith has a very nice and gentle, somewhat surprising vocal chorus on "Misty" (he is the second Vaughan's pianist
I've heard doing that; it must have been a method to uplift the familiar song they may have grew a bit tired of doing) whereas on the Ellington set there's a just OK Louis-Armstrong imitation by a Money Johnson, a vocalist (with trumpet in hand) I'm not familiar with.
The lower point of otherwise beautiful Vaughan segment is "My Funny Valentine", where Sassy shows off her vocal capabilities (not surprisingly, the audience liked it); "Misty" and all tbe livelier tracks give much better performance by one of the true giants of jazz singing ("All of Me" is, perhaps, particularly uplifting)...
Apparently, everything was recorded in Berlin in 1969 (although I'm not sure that Ellington tracks are all recorded on the same day).
The Vaughan's trio are Johnny Veith (p), Gus Mancuso (b) and Eddy Pucci (dm).