Sarah Vaughan

The dulcet tones and extraordinary musical stylings of Miss Sarah Vaughan, along with the burnished sound of the "no Count" Basie Orchestra, combined for a superb recording. Recorded in 1981 in Hollywood, California, this marked the first time in more than 20 years that Vaughan and Basie had been together in a recording studio, although "…whenever Sassy finds herself in the Count's vicinity and the schedules work out right, she drops by and sits in for a few". (from the original liner notes by Dan Morgenstern) Vaughan's 3-octave range is o­n full display o­n this CD. "If You Could See Me Now" became her first recorded masterpiece, and this new version shows the polish of a professional who had more than 35 years experience. Her voice was like a finely tuned instrument and she wielded masterful control over it. This CD casts a spell that evokes the days when singer and orchestra shared the stage at the original Birdland. "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues" is another magical piece, and the record is capped off by Vaughan's signature tune and the title track, Stephen Sondheim's "Send In the Clowns". An excellent recording and a must for serious fans of "old school" jazz.

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