Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan [Musica Jazz]

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This hard-to-find Italian LP has some of the highlights of Sarah Vaughan's early years. Its main significance is that it has the four songs ("Singing Off," "Interlude," "No Smoke" and "East of the Sun") recorded at Vaughan's first session as a leader. Those rare titles have not been reissued in a long time and feature Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Georgie Auld on tenor and Leonard Feather on piano; "Interlude" is the first commercially recorded version of "Night in Tunisia" and one of the very few vocal renditions. The remainder of this valuable LP features Sassy with Billy Eckstine's Orchestra, with Dizzy and Charlie Parker, singing with Tony Scott's septet and performing two titles apiece from 1946 (including "If You Could See Me Now"), 1949 and 1954 (the latter has trumpeter Clifford Brown on "Lullaby of Birdland").