Sarah Vaughan - After Hours At The London House (1959) [Remastered 2005]

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Sarah Vaughan - After Hours At The London House (1959) [Remastered 2005]

Sarah Vaughan - After Hours At The London House (1959) [Remastered 2005]
EAC rip | FLAC + CUE + LOG | Full Scans | 240 Mb
Genre ~ Traditional Pop | Standards | Vocal Jazz
Label ~ Mercury Records/Verve Music Group

First, don't assume you have this recording even if you do. For these many years I was satisfied that I was in possession of Sarah's admired "After Hours" session, only to be shaken (just a little) by the discovery that the song list on this new Mercury (now Verve) reissue didn't agree with the one on my LP. Turns out Sarah recorded two albums entitled "After Hours"–and mine was the "other" one, the one on Roulette. Rate this Mercury session as the slightly better bet, if only because of the presence of Thad Jones and Frank Wess. To my ears practically anything by Sarah 1954-1967 is five stars, especially when dozens of gratuitous violins are set aside in favor of a tight rhythm section anchored by the likes of Roy Haynes.

Second, don't pay the least heed to some of the dismissive reviews this recording has received elsewhere. Sarah forgets the lyrics (3 times) to "Thanks for the Memories" and good-naturedly puts herself down, "begging" the audience' forbearance and offering consolation ("We're almost at the end of this crazy, messed-up session, folks"). Instead, how about listening to the music? With the lone exception of this last tune, Sarah approaches a perfection few other singers would dare dream of. With the third song, "I'll String Along with You," she's in a "zone," and her excitement comes through at the end of the song, when she practically giggles in delight over her own performance, assured that the audience has "gotten" it as well. The spell doesn't let up for the next 3 songs–and the flubs on the finale (which still has to be as moving a treatment as this quasi-novelty tune has received), come as a necessary relief, dispelling a relationship between artist and listener that's gotten almost too close for comfort. She can dis herself because she can "afford" to, not because she's providing some obtusely literal, cursory reviewer with a write-up of the performance.

If you're new to Sarah and need more than five-star ratings, here's my humbly-offered ranking: 1. Sarah Vaughan at Mr. Kelly's (moreover, the CD is a terrific value, with much material not on the LP); 2. Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (Clifford's muted solo on "September Song" is a classic); 3. Swingin' Easy; 4. After Hours at the London House (Mercury/Verve); 5. Sarah Vaughan/Count Basie; 6. After Hours (on Roulette, with the sparest accompaniment of Mundell Lowe's guitar and George Duvivier's bass); 7. Sarah Swings Again (her last Mercury date). If any of these are unavailable, look for Sarah at Newport (issued at one point under the title "Linger Awhile").

After 1967, beginning with the "Send in the Clowns" period, Sassy's voice darkens, takes on considerable maturity, acquires a wider vibrato, and extends its range at both ends but not without a pronounced falsetto break and forced upper register that I find a bit distracting. Some listeners adore Sarah in this later period, in which case you should make a priority of her album "Crazy and Mixed Up," with a scat performance on "Autumn Leaves" that's, quite frankly, unreal.

Sarah's was an enviable instrument, but more impressive than her fabled vocal quality was what she did with it, extemporaneously "recomposing" standard songs into fresh, unforgettable melodies of her own. In fact, Sarah so completely makes the music her own it's as though she's not "performing" it so much as "embodying" a poetic muse in human form. ~ Amazon Customer's Review

Tracks List

1. "Like Someone in Love" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:37
2. "Detour Ahead" (Lou Carter, Herb Ellis, John Frigo) – 5:28
3. "Three Little Words" (Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby) – 3:40
4. "I'll String Along with You" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) – 5:15
5. "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" (Cole Porter) – 4:00
6. "Speak Low" (Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill) – 4:51
7. "All of You" (Porter) – 4:15
8. "Thanks for the Memory" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 6:58


Sarah Vaughan – vocals
Ronell Bright – piano
Richard Davis – double bass
Roy Haynes – drums
Thad Jones – trumpet
Wendell Culley
Henry Corker – trombone
Frank Wess – tenor saxophone
Carmen Cavallaro – introduction voice

Recorded March 7, 1958, at The London House, Chicago, USA

Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 5 from 4. May 2009

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