Saturday, January 29, 2011

Great Jazz Albums (IMO) #18

Sarah Vaughan.  Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (1954).  Last week, I wrote about the incredible album Dinah Washington recorded with the brilliant trumpeter Clifford Brown, among others.  The same year, Brown accompanied another of the all time greatest jazz singers, Sarah Vaughan.  This album is far more sedate than the Washington record, consisting of all standards.  Vaughan and Brown are are amazing together.  One reviewer writes that Vaughan "is arguably in the best voice of her career here," and that "Brown almost equals her with his solos; this "is one of the most important jazz-meets-vocal sessions ever recorded. The session also includes Herbie Mann on flute, Paul Quinichette on sax, Roy Haynes on drums.  As jazz critic Scott Yanow said, "everything works," making this an "essential acquisition"
[Related posts:  Really Great Jazz Albums,  #1 (Hank Mobley); , #2 (Horace Silver), #3 (Sonny Rollins), #4 (Sonny Clark), #5 (Dexter Gordon), #6 (Cannonball Adderley), #7 (Bill Evans), #8 (McCoy Tyner), #9 (Clifford Brown), #10 (Sinatra), #11 (Monk), #12 (Kenny Dorham), #13 (Coltrane), #14 (Duke Ellington), #15 (Miles Davis), #16 (Wayne Shorter), #17 (Dinah Washington)]


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