Gershwin Live! CD (1988)

Artist: Sarah Vaughan

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Label Sony
SKU 60114497
UPC 074643727723
UPC 14 00074643727723
Format CD
Release Date 8/30/1988
Author Sarah Vaughan
Associated Artist/Work Cheyenne Jackson
Associated Artist/Work New World Symphony
Associated Artist/Work Reich, Steve (Composer)
Technical Info
Engineer Bud Graham
Producer Steven Epstein
CatalogID 37277
Lable Name CBS Masterworks
Released 05/24/1994
Original Release 1982
Number of Discs 1
Length 61m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00074643727723
Musical Guests
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); George Gaffney (piano); Andy Simkins (bass); Harold Jones (drums); Michael Tilson-Thomas, Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Sassy and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas had been cooking up Gershwin evenings for eight years prior to this live performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, so singer and conductor had this act together for a long time. Judging from Leslie Gourse's biography Sassy, Tilson Thomas apparently worshiped Vaughan and let her have totally free rein in their collaborations. As a result, this is a swooning, swooping, hooting, heavily vibrating diva trip, one of the most overindulgent recordings Sassy ever made. Of course, her vocal instrument and the freedom in which she manipulated it are things of wonder, and you can't help digging the virtuosic scatting display on "The Man I Love." But as a matter of taste, the vocal acrobatics here -- aided and abetted by Tilson Thomas' loving conducting of Marty Paich's ultra-plush charts -- often stretch Gershwin's tunes grotesquely out of shape. Many of the tunes are gathered into four run-on medleys; others ("Sweet and Low Down," "Do It Again") are performed on their own with just Tilson Thomas' enthusiastic, classical-styled, non-swinging piano accompaniment. Vaughan's trio (George Gaffney, piano; Andy Simpkins, bass; Harold Jones, drums) is basically along for the ride. As an example of Sassy in front of a symphony orchestra in her last decade, this is an all-too-accurate document of what went on at many of those lovefests, for better and worse. ~ Richard S. Ginell
Disc 1
1 Overture: Porgy And Bess Medley: Summertime / It Ain't Necessarily So / I Loves You, Porgy
2 But Not For Me / Love Is Here To Stay / Embraceable You / Someone To Watch Over Me
3 Sweet And Low-Down
4 Fascinating Rhythm
5 Do It Again
6 My Man's Gone Now
7 Man I Love, The
8 Nice Work If You Can Get It / They Can't Take That Away From Me / 'S Wonderful / Swanee / Strike Up The Band
9 Encore Medley: I've Got A Crush On You / A Foggy Day

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