Misty

Misty

by Sarah Vaughan

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Overview

A compilation of two albums recorded in Europe under the direction of Quincy Jones, these sessions catch Sarah Vaughan at her magnificent best. There may be claims of overdoing it or garishness. But her set of pipes and her willingness to use them dramatically, and sometimes coyly, to bring out the best of everything she sings brushes aside such criticisms as unjustified. Classic standard or novelty tune, she had full command of the vocal art. The 1958 session took place in Paris with Jones doing the arrangements and leading a 55-piece orchestra. To match up this large aggregation would be daunting for most singers. But with Vaughan's powerful operatic voice, it's no problem at all. Although the notes don't identify personnel, Zoot Sims was present backing Vaughan and soloing on such cuts as "Misty." Also present was the rhythm section of Ronnell Bright on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums, and Richard Davis and Pierre Michelot sharing bass. This set was originally issued under the title of Vaughan and Violins. The other session took place in Copenhagen in 1963 and was issued with a similar alliterative title, Vaughan and Voices. Jones was again in charge, but Robert Farnon conducted and arranged, which meant there would be no upbeat material. Farnon never met a string section he didn't love. But in no way does this circumstance impede Vaughan. An audacious full-voiced treatment of "It Could Happen to You" not only makes one forget most other versions, but reveals how little the Sevend Saaby Danish Choir is needed here. Conversely, the way Vaughan rides their voices at the outset of "Days of Wine and Roses" pays their way. This compilation is vintage Sarah Vaughan, which means this is a dazzling exploration of the possibilities of the human voice as a vocal instrument. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/1990
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042284648820
catalogNumber: 846488

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Vaughan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Richard Davis   Bass
Quincy Jones   Conductor,Leader,Track Performer
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Ronnell Bright   Piano
William Boucaya   Saxophone
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Kansas Fields   Drums
Jo Hrasko   Saxophone
Marcel Hrasko   Saxophone
Michael A. Hauser   Vibes

Technical Credits

Erroll Garner   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Director,Producer
John Lewis   Composer
Irene Reid   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Robert Farnon   Arranger
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Hughie Prince   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Kelly Owens   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Michael Bourne   Liner Notes
Lou Kosloff   Composer
Marcia Neil   Composer
Philip Broughton   Composer
Gloria Elias   Composer
John Lehmann   Composer
I. Reid   Composer
Gerald Elias   Composer
Ira Kosloff   Composer

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