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How Long Has This Been Going On? (Remastered)

Sarah Vaughan

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Sassy had cemented her place in the jazz pantheon long before she landed on Norman Granz’s Pablo label in the late 1970s. Although fusion and electric jazz were the hot tickets of the time, Granz stuck to a simple philosophy at Pablo: mix and match a collection of mainstream jazz veterans and let them do their stuff with little intervention. Recorded in April of 1978, How Long Has This Been Going On? features a dream rhythm section of Oscar Peterson (piano), Joe Pass (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), and Louis Bellson (drums), and Vaughan seems inspired throughout. Her voice is huskier and fuller-bodied than it was during her 1950s heyday, but she’s lost none of her vocal dexterity or, more importantly, her dynamism. She leisurely lopes through “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Teach Me Tonight” with joy and élan, while the title track is gently propelled by a Latin rhythm. On slower songs like “Easy Living,” she shows great warmth and tenderness. Each of the four accompanists has an impressive showcase on which he alone supports the singer. Even the most well-worn collection of 10 standards can still delight — when in the proper hands.

Customer Reviews

The Divine Sarah at Her Best

I purchased this on vinyl in the late 70's. I grew up hearing and reading about the "Divine Sarah." While I was increasingly into instrumental jazz (Miles Davis, Trane), I couldn't imagine that a female singer from a much earlier era would be very interesting. THIS ALBUM WAS A REVELATION. I would rank it as one of the finest albums in my collection. Sarah Vaughn and her accompaniest are outstanding. Her, and their musicianship, is exceptional.

how long has this been going

I first heard of the music of Sara vaughan 40 years ago . she was one of my mother's favorite , i never paid attention then but i remember her name , Little did I realized that i would love her music now that I am a grown up woman . She is indeed a classic.

How Long Has This Been Going On

This compilation of songs, with Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Louie Bellson, is nothing short of remarkable. I have loved it for years but lost the CD. I was glad to see it here. The title track is particularly captivating. Vaughan and Peterson work melodically well together.


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...
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