Sarah Vaughan And Billy Eckstine - Sing The Best Of Irving Berlin - Jazz Vocal LP

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Sarah Vaughan And Billy Eckstine - Sing The Best Of Irving Berlin


Label: Mercury / EmArcy
Netherlands Pressing

Format: Vinyl, LP,
Record is VG++ mint
Cover is vG++ ( see pic)

Country: US
Released: 1959 ( 70`s pressing)
Genre: Jazz, Stage & Screen
Style: Score, Musical, Easy Listening
Credits: Composed By - Irving Berlin
Conductor - Hal Mooney
Orchestra [With] - Hal Mooney And His Orchestra
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Tracklisting:


A1 Alexanders Ragtime Band (4:00)
A2 Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain) (3:50)
A3 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Love (4:07)
A4 All Of My Life (3:15)
A5 Cheek To Cheek (2:48)


B1 You're Just In Love (3:40)
B2 Remember (2:15)
B3 Always (2:35)
B4 Easter Parade (3:12)
B5 The girl that i marry
B6 Now that i can be told

After she won an amateur contest at the Apollo Theatre, she was hired for the Earl Hines big band as a singer and second vocalist.

Unfortunately, the musicians' recording strike kept her off record during this period (1943-44).

When lifelong friend Billy Eckstine broke away to form his own orchestra, Vaughan joined him, making her recording debut.

She enjoyed her time with Eckstine's orchestra, where she became influenced by a couple of his sidemen, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, both of whom had also been with Hines during her stint.

Vaughan was one of the first singers to fully incorporate bop phrasing in her singing, and to have the vocal chops to pull it off on the level of a Parker and Gillespie.

Apart from a few months with John Kirby from 1945-46, Sarah Vaughan spent the remainder of her career as a solo star.

Although Sarah held an unusual stage appearance in 1945 (her first husband George Treadwell would greatly assist her with her appearance), there was no denying her excellent voice.

She made several early sessions for Continental: a 31st December, 1944 date highlighted by her vocal version of 'A Night In Tunisia,' which was called 'Interlude,' and a 25th May, 1945 session for that label that had Gillespie and Parker as sidemen.

However, it was her 1946-48 selections for Musicraft (which included 'If You Could See Me Now,' 'Tenderly' and 'It's Magic') that found her rapidly gaining maturity and adding bop-oriented phrasing to popular songs.

Signed to Columbia where she recorded during 1949-53, 'Sassy' continued to build on her popularity.



Although some of those sessions were quite commercial, eight classic selections cut with Jimmy Jones' band during 18-19th May, 1950 (an octet including Miles Davis) showed that she could sing jazz with the best.

During the 1950's, Sarah recorded middle-of-the-road pop material with orchestras for Mercury, and jazz dates (including a memorable collaboration with Clifford Brown) for the label's subsidiary, EmArcy.


To quote Gary Giddens in the linear notes:"They don't make records like this anymore, but thank heavens they did once upon a time". You may have heard these chestnuts done by dozens of singers/bands etc. over the years. That should not stop you from checking out these versions beautifully done by two classic and class acts, SARAH VAUGHAN and BILLY ECKSTEIN.
Billy may not be too well known these days, but should be, and his unique baritone sounds almost operatic, and Sarah keeps things flowing too, on these (mostly) duets.

Every track is golden, but the best may be EASTER PARADE, and THE GIRL THAT I MARRY, songs everyone over about 45 heard somewhere along the road as a kid, and may have forgotten. These must be the best versions ever. To think these gems were recorded in 1957!!! BTW, these are not jazzy arrangements,but the very best of lushly orchestrated numbers.


Sarah Vaughn and Billy Eckstine combine voices on one of Irving Berlin's great classics and cover Ethel Merman's performance on "You're Just In Love"

Think Ethel Merman was the first vocalist I heard do the song. A great show tune, but this version is more touching.


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Sarah had such a beautiful voice, so full of shine and depth! Really, I can´t imagine a better voice to listen while watching the sky and the moon at night.


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Label EMARCY