Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sarah Vaughan - After Hours

From 1961-1962, Sarah Vaughan recorded two albums while accompanied by just guitar and bass. Her 1962 outing for the obscure Reactivation label (with guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Joe Comfort) remains out of print, but her earlier set with guitarist Mundell Lowe and bassist George Duvivier was finally reissued in 1997, along with one previously unreleased selection ("Through the Years") taken from a slightly earlier exploratory session with the same players. Surprisingly, Lowe only has one solo, so the emphasis throughout is exclusively on Sassy's magnificent voice. The program mostly sticks to ballads, with a couple of exceptions (most notably "Great Day"), and is a quiet and intimate affair, with Vaughan more subtle than she sometimes was. Despite a lightweight version of "My Favorite Things" that will not remind listeners of John Coltrane, this is an excellent if brief set (34-and-a-half minutes) with some fine jazz singing. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Newly remixed for greatly improved sound, this intimate 1961 session with Sarah backed only by Mundell Lowe's guitar and George Duvivier's bass is one of the finest musical statements of her career.- Product info

Artist: Sarah Vaughan
Album: After Hours
Year: 1961
Label: Roulette (1997)
Runtime: 34:56

1.  My Favorite Things (Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein) 2:46
2.  Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Cole Porter) 2:26
3.  Wonder Why (Sammy Cahn/Nicholas Brodszky) 4:21
4.  Easy To Love (Cole Porter) 2:12
5.  Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Mitchell Parish) 3:52
6.  Great Day (Edward Eliscu/Billy Rose /Vincent Youmans) 2:18
7.  Ill Wind (Ted Koehler/Harold Arlen) 3:13
8.  If Love is Good to Me (Ray Evans/Fred Spielman) 2:12
9.  In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Manny Kurtz) 4:06
10.  Vanity (Bernard Bierman/J. Manus/Guy Wood) 4:19
11.  Through the Years 3:09 (Edward Heyman/Vincent Youmans)

Sarah Vaughan (Vocals)
Mundell Love (Guitar)
George Duvivier (Double Bass)


  1. Thank you itr, I really going to enjoy this and beside the fact that I'm a big Sarah Vaughan fan I'm a Mundell Lowe long time follower.

  2. Dead link :(

    (I discovered your fine jazz blog too late.)

    Anyway, greetings from Belgrade!



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