This release contains two complete original EmArcy albums: "Sarah Vaughan" and "Sarah Vaughan In the Land of Hi-Fi", pairing the singer with brilliant soloists like Clifford Brown and Cannonball Adderley. Both albums have the same rhythm section and were arranged by Ernie Wilkins. Both are considered among Vaughans finest efforts ever.
01. SEPTEMBER SONG (5:45)
02. LULLABY OF BIRDLAND (4:01)
03. IM GLAD THERE IS YOU (5:11)
04. YOURE NOT THE KIND (4:45)
05. JIM (5:52)
06. HES MY GUY (4:14)
07. APRIL IN PARIS (6:22)
08. ITS CRAZY (4:58)
09. EMBRACEABLE YOU (4:49)
10. OVER THE RAINBOW (3:30)
11. SOON (2:37)
12. CHEROKEE (2:32)
13. ILL NEVER SMILE AGAIN (2:35)
14. DONT BE ON THE OUTSIDE (3:01)
15. HOW HIGH THE MOON (2:36)
16. IT SHOULDNT HAPPEN TO A DREAM (3:19)
17. SOMETIMES IM HAPPY (2:57)
18. MAYBE (2:33)
19. AN OCCASIONAL MAN (2:33)
20. WHY CANT I (2:54)
21. OH MY (2:21)
Total time: 79:36 min.
Tracks #1-9 from "Sarah Vaughan Featuring Clifford Brown" (EmArcy MG-36004). Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vcl), Clifford Brown (tp), Herbie Mann (fl), Paul Quinichette (ts), Jimmy Jones (p), Joe Benjamin (b) and Roy Haynes (d). Ernie Wilkins (arr, cond). Recorded in New York, on December 16-18, 1954.
Tracks #10-21 from "Sarah Vaugahn In The Land Of Hi-Hi" (EmArcy MG-36058). Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vcl), 'Cannonball' Adderley, Sam Marowitz (as), Ernie Royal, Bernie Glow (tp), J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb), Jerome Richardson (fl, ts), Jimmy Jones (p), Turk Van Lake (g), Joe Benjamin (b) and Roy Haynes (d). Ernie Wilkins (arr, cond). Recorded in New York, on October 25-27, 1955.
-Sarah Vaughan Featuring Clifford Brown
"Excellent Sarah session, one of her best on record. There is a wonderfully sustained mood of relaxation and emotional warmth. First-rate recording."
Nat Hentoff -Down Beat (1956)
"This 1954 studio date, a self-titled album recorded for Emarcy, was later reissued as Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown to denote the involvement of one of the top trumpeters of the day. Vaughan sings nine intimate standards with a band including Brown on trumpet, Herbie Mann on flute, and Paul Quinichette on tenor, each of which have plenty of space for solos (most of the songs are close to the five-minute mark). Vaughan is arguably in the best voice of her career here, pausing and lingering over notes on the standards "April in Paris," "Jim," and "Lullaby of Birdland." As touching as Vaughan is, however, Brown almost equals her with his solos on "Lullaby of Birdland," "Jim," and "September Song," displaying his incredible bop virtuosity in a restrained setting without sacrificing either the simple feeling of his notes or the extraordinary flair of his choices. Quinichette's solos are magnificent as well, his feathery tone nearly a perfect match for Vaughan's voice. Ironically though, neither Brown nor Quinichette or Mann appear on the album's highlight, "Embraceable You," which Vaughan performs with close accompaniment from the rhythm section: Jimmy Jones on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. Vaughan rounds the notes with a smile and even when she's steeping to reach a few low notes, she never loses the tremendous feeling conveyed by her voice. In whichever incarnation it's reissued, Sarah Vaughan With Clifford Brown is one of the most important jazz-meets-vocal sessions ever recorded."
John Bush -All Music Guide
- Sarah Vaugahn In The Land Of Hi-Hi
"This single CD has one of the great singer's best jazz dates for EmArcy. Accompanied by an all-star orchestra arranged by Ernie Wilkins and featuring altoist Cannonball Adderley (who was near the beginning of his career), Vaughan is in superior form during these concise (around three minutes apiece) performances, particularly on "Soon," "Cherokee," "I'll Never Smile Again" and "An Occasional Man." A strong session."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide