Master Composers: Sarah Vaughan did nice number for A Brazilian Romance


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Sarah Vaughan left behind quite an impact on American jazz (March 27, 1924-April 3, 1990).  Nicknamed as “The Divine One” and “Sassy”, her voice led to teaming up with the lies of Earl Hines and C.B. Atkins–among countless other musicians.

Her styles of vocal jazz, bebop, and smooth jazz transcended and by the time she teamed up with a score of bossa nova greats in this 1987 album, she was still at the top of her game.  Nearly 11 years before one of her album achieved true historical greatness from the Grammys, this album touched many people in many different ways.

Produced by Sergio Mendes, the album was recorded in New York and Detroit in early 1987.  Milton Nascimento leads off with the steady beat of “Make This City Ours Tonight” and the self-titled song on Track 2.  The Sergio Mendes classic, “So Many Stars” gets a very slow rendition on Track 4, while Dory Caymmi contributed on 3 of the final 4 songs–with “Obsession” and “Your Smile” achieving major praise.

Very nice album for dinner parties or for that ultimate Mother’s Day get-together.  The pace is decent, but does not feel in any rushed or frenetic.  Clearly, Sarah Vaughan left her mark after an over five decade singing career.

Hope all of the mothers reading have a fun Mother’s Day on Sunday.

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