Sarah Vaughan

Lover Man [Musicraft]

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The third of three LPs from Musicraft that reissue all of Sarah Vaughan's early recordings for the label (although two cuts put out only by Society from the same sessions were skipped over) finds the young singer, just 24 at the time of her final Musicraft date, already displaying a wondrous voice and a distinctive style. The ten selections on this album are taken from seven different sessions and are a bit of a grab-bag. "Lover Man" (with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in 1945) has been reissued many times, but the other numbers (which include "Love Me or Love Me," "I Feel So Smoochie," "Gentleman Friend" and "It's Magic") are a bit more rare. The settings range from a quartet led by pianist Jimmy Jones (on "What a Difference a Day Made") to a rendition of "Nature Boy" with a choir. Until this music is reissued in chronological order on CD, the three Musicraft LPs are highly recommended to Sarah Vaughan collectors.