Sarah Vaughan

The Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury, Vol. 3: Great Show on Stage (1954-1956)

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The third of four Sarah Vaughan Mercury box sets (this one has six CDs) traces her career during the last two and a half years of the 1950s. There are several very interesting sessions (expanded greatly by the inclusion of many previously unissued performances) on this box including 21 numbers from a gig at Mister Kelly's in Chicago with her trio (led by pianist Jimmy Jones), a meeting with the Count Basie Orchestra that resulted in the album No Count Sarah, and a live set with a septet (which includes cornetist Thad Jones and the tenor of Frank Wess) at the London House in Chicago. In addition, there are quite a few commercial sides with large orchestras (including some sessions arranged by Quincy Jones), so overall this box lets one hear the many sides of Sarah Vaughan; a special highlight is her first recorded version of "Misty." The reissue (and the other three volumes) is a must for Sarah Vaughan's greatest fans although more general listeners may want to acquire one of the less expensive) single CDs instead.

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:48 Amazon
2 2:23 Amazon
3 2:23 Amazon
4 2:39 Amazon
5 2:50 Amazon
6 2:33 Amazon
7 3:08 Amazon
8 2:26 Amazon
9 2:32 Amazon
10 2:52 Amazon
11 2:51 Amazon
12 2:55 Amazon
13 2:31 Amazon
14 2:24 Amazon
15 2:56 Amazon
16 2:30 Amazon
17 3:00 Amazon
18 3:01 Amazon
19 2:33 Amazon
20 2:55 Amazon
21 2:27 Amazon
22 2:29 Amazon
23 3:02 Amazon
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