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The Divine Sarah Vaughan: The Columbia Years 1949-1953

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Album Review

Twenty-eight of the 60 songs that Sarah Vaughan recorded for Columbia Records during her four years there. The early sides are arranged, with one exception (credited to Hugo Winterhalter), by Joe Lipman, while later sides have her working with a diverse group of arrangers and conductors, including Glenn Miller alumnus Norman Leyden and light music expert Paul Weston, and in a small group context, the latter credited to Vaughan's manager/husband George Treadwell. The sound is good within the context of the time the remasterings were done, and the distillation covers virtually all of Vaughan's best work from this period in her career.

Biography

Born: 27 March 1924 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Possessor of one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century, Sarah Vaughan ranked with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in the very top echelon of female jazz singers. She often gave the impression that with her wide range, perfectly controlled vibrato, and wide expressive abilities, she could do anything she wanted with her voice. Although not all of her many recordings are essential (give Vaughan a weak song and...
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