Friday, October 8, 2010

Sarah Vaughan - In the Land of Hi-Fi

This single CD (whose contents are also included in the box set The Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury Vol. 1) 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. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Sarah Vaughan and The Ernie Wilkins Orchestra
Album: In the Land of Hi-Fi
Year: 1956
Label: EmArcy (1991)
Runtime: 33:30

Tracks:
1.  Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg) 3:30
2.  Soon (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 2:37
3.  Cherokee (Ray Noble) 2:32
4.  I'll Never Smile Again (Ruth Lowe) 2:35
5.  Don't Be on the Outside (Sydney Wyche/Mayme Watts/George Kelly) 3:01
6.  How High the Moon (Nancy Hamilton/Morgan Lewis) 2:36
7.  It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream (Don George/Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges) 3:20
8.  Sometimes I'm Happy (Irving Caesar/Clifford Grey/Vincent Youmans) 2:57
9.  Maybe (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 2:34
10.  Occasional Man (Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane) 2:33
11.  Why Can't I? (Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers) 2:54
12.  Oh My (Joe Greene) 2:21

Personnel:
Sarah Vaughan (Vocals)
Ernie Royal (Trumpet)
Jimmy Jones (Piano)
Cannonball Adderley (Alto Saxophone)
Joe Benjamin (Double Bass)
Turk Van Lake (Guitar)
Roy Haynes (Drums)
Bernie Glow (Trumpet)
J.J. Johnson (Trombone)
Kai Winding (Trombone)
Sam Marowitz (Alto Saxophone)
Jerome Richardson (Flute, Tenor Saxophone)
Ernie Wilkins (Arranger and Conductor)

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