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Desert Island Disks: Sarah Vaughan

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Recreating the feeling of an intimate nightclub appearance with its understated production, this subtle collection puts Vaughan's soaring voice center stage, right where it belongs. Throughout, she shows off her range, bending the low notes on "Lullaby of Birdland," trading tremolo-rich solos with trumpeter Clifford Brown on "He's My Guy," and slowing it down for the exquisite melancholy of "Jim." This collection of standards is a testament to The Divine One at the height of her vocal powers.

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Sarah Vaughn

haunting, moving song--her talent is effortless and tremendous


This album is so stinkin' amazing it's not even funny! Shame on you if you don't own it. One of the best Jazz album of all-time!

Timeless Beauty

Feels good to hear a precious voice that can sing pain of love...Astonishing...Feels good to hear a voice telling a story that many can relate too...Beautiful


Born: March 27, 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 she might strangle it to death), Sarah Vaughan's legacy as a performer and a...
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