A jazz vocal masterpiece from Sarah
Vaughn – one of her greatest albums ever, and a record that raised the bar for countless vocal sessions in years to come! Sarah
's working here in an intimate group arranged by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring some sublime solo work from Clifford Brown, Paul Quinichette, and Herbie Mann – alongside rhythm from the trio of Jimmy Jones, Joe Benjamin, and Max Roach. Sarah
's vocals are incredible – curving, turning, and lilting with a tremendous amount of jazz-based inflection – and titles include "Lullaby Of Birdland", "April In Paris", "September Song", "He's My Guy", and "I'm Glad There Is You". The CD also features 9 bonus tracks from the album Swingin Easy – another 1954 session featuring John Malachi on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – backing Sarah
in a light trio mode. All the tracks have nice small combo instrumentation – and Sarah
keeps things nice and warm vocally, free to get a bit more intimate than usual in the album's casual setting. Titles include "All Of Me", "Lover Man", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "You Hit The Spot".