Sarah Vaughan

The Genius of Sarah Vaughan

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Like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan revolutionized and ultimately defined the art of jazz singing during the second half of the 20th century. Released by Universal Jazz in 2005, The Genius of Sarah Vaughan illustrates the point using 41 tracks mainly dating from her Mercury/Emarcy period of the 1950s. This serviceable introduction to Sarah Vaughan will also work as a handy stash filled with some of the best recordings she made during her early maturity. A more thorough way to understand and appreciate her artistry is to study her complete early recorded works (1944-1952) as compiled in five volumes and reissued by the Classics Chronological Series, followed by a systematic perusal of the albums that were tapped to assemble this collection. If all you need is a casual sampler of excellent mainstream jazz vocals, this one's for you.

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