Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan & Jimmy Rowles Quintet

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Sarah Vaughan's sole small-group recording with pianist Jimmy Rowles (aside from a pair of tribute albums to Duke Ellington in 1979) was recorded live at an unlisted location in 1974 for Mainstream. Although Rowles proves himself to be a consummate accompanist, and Vaughan is in her usual outstanding form, excessive reverb is used on several of the tracks, giving the album a somewhat cavernous sound. The singer's interest in a variety of material is evident, including chestnuts like "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," and W.C. Handy's "Morning Star," along with the then-current pop hit "A House is Not a Home" (which is strangely credited to a another pair rather than its actual composers, Burt Bacharach and Hal David), and Jimmy Rowles' campy collaboration with Johnny Mercer, "Frasier (The Sensuous Lion)." Tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards and trumpeter Al Aarons join Vaughan and her quartet on three selections. This LP, which has only been reissued in Japan, is worth picking up, in spite of the questionable production.

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