Monday, November 30, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Sarah Vaughan

Artist:Sarah Vaughan
Son:You're Not The Kind
Album:Sarah Vaughan

Of course Sarah Vaughan is one the greatest jazz singers of all time. This 1954 album featuring trumpeter Clifford Brown is probably the best she ever recorded. Sarah viewed herself as a jazz singer. But that didn't stop record companies from trying to turn her into a pop singer. That's what Columbia did when Sarah signed with them in 1949. She didn't like that and in 1953, husband and manager George Treadwell signed a deal where Sarah would record pop songs for Mercury and jazz for Mercury's jazz label EmArcy. Sarah wasted no time and recorded the 1954 album Sarah Vaughan featuring the great trumpeter Clifford Brown. The album was produced by Bob Shad and arranged by Ernie Wilkins. Shad would go on to found Mainstream Records and would work with Sarah many times over the years. Musicians are Clifford Brown on trumpet, Paul Quinchette on tenor sax, Herbie Mann on flute, Jimmy Jones on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass and Roy Haynes on drums. This album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. This CD release is the original album as it was released in 1954. Some tracks that were recorded but not used have surfaced on some releases. But I don't know if they are decent audio quality. Stick to the original album. You're Not The Kind was written by Will Hudson who led the Hudson-DeLange Orchestra in the 30s. You're Not The Kind was recorded by Fats Waller in 1936. Sarah first recorded the song in the 40s and the song was clearly a favourite of hers as she performed it many times. But it's not a popular jazz standard. This album was the only time Sarah recorded with Brown. And as most jazz fans know, Brown died in a car accident in 1956 at age 26. And even after all these years, Brown is considered to be one of the all time greats of jazz. So this album is a must for jazz fans. Here's Sarah Vaughan performing You're Not The Kind in 1951.

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