Sarah Vaughan: The Very Best of Sarah Vaughan 2006
Sarah Vaughan was one of the most influential and versatile jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Her rich and expressive voice, impeccable technique, and stylistic range earned her the nickname "The Divine One". In 2006, EMI Gold released a three-disc compilation of her recordings from the Roulette label, spanning from 1960 to 1963. This collection showcases Vaughan's mastery of various genres, from swing and bop to pop and Broadway tunes.
The first disc features some of her most popular songs, such as "The More I See You", "My Favorite Things", "Fly Me to the Moon", and "Maria". It also includes collaborations with Count Basie and his orchestra on "Perdido" and "Lover Man". The second disc highlights Vaughan's ballad skills, with classics like "Solitude", "'Round Midnight", "The Man I Love", and "Body and Soul". The third disc demonstrates her playful and adventurous side, with tracks like "Honeysuckle Rose", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean", and "Blah Blah Blah". The compilation also contains some rare live recordings from 1947 at the Town Hall in New York, where Vaughan performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Max Roach.
The Very Best of Sarah Vaughan 2006 is a comprehensive and enjoyable introduction to one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. It captures her musical versatility, emotional depth, and vocal brilliance. Whether you are a fan or a newcomer, this collection will delight you with its variety and quality.
In the 1960s, Vaughan left Mercury Records and signed with Roulette, where she had more creative control over her music. She recorded some of her most adventurous albums for Roulette, such as Sarah Sings Soulfully (1963), Vaughan and Violins (1964), and Sassy Swings the Tivoli (1964), a live album recorded in Copenhagen. She also experimented with bossa nova on albums like Brazilian Romance (1987), produced by Sergio Mendes.
Vaughan continued to perform throughout the 1970s and 1980s, despite health problems and personal difficulties. She appeared at major festivals, clubs, and concert halls around the world, and collaborated with other jazz legends like Oscar Peterson, Quincy Jones, J.J. Johnson, and Dizzy Gillespie. She also performed at the White House for Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. In 1982, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1989, she was awarded the highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award.
Sarah Vaughan died of lung cancer on April 3, 1990, at her home in Hidden Hills, California. She was 66 years old. Her funeral was held at the First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Newark, where she had sung as a child. She was buried in Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Her legacy lives on in her recordings, which have influenced generations of singers across genres. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, and as one of the most important figures in jazz history. ec8f644aee