Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection

Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection

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Sarah Vaughan debuted on Norman Granz's Pablo label in 1978, announcing herself immediately with a triumphant set titled How Long Has This Been Going On? After a Brazilian LP in 1979, she turned to an ambitious project: the Duke Ellington songbook, eventually released as two separate volumes. The Concord set Sophisticated Lady reissues the complete contents of those two LPs, plus a brace of unreleased tracks that might just overshadow the original program. (Not for nothing do they lead off this collection, instead of being tacked on the end.) On August 13, 1979, Vaughan had begun the project by recording six songs with arranger genius Benny Carter, plus a large string section and a basic band including Jimmy Rowles on piano, Grady Tate on drums, and Andy Simpkins on bass. Carter's charts for "Lush Life" and "Solitude" help bring out the best in Vaughan, and she sounds (especially on "Solitude") as if she were still in her prime. These six songs had never appeared before 2013, but it's a glory to find them here, finally. The rest of these sessions, recorded from mid-August to late January of 1980, are no slouch either. Vaughan's natural register is quite deep, but she still possessed the range she had 20 years earlier, and she'd only gained in her interpretive skills. Accompanying her are yet more heavyweights: Zoot Sims, Frank Foster, or Frank Wess on tenor, Joe Pass or Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar, J.J. Johnson on trombone, and Waymon Reed on trumpet or flügelhorn. Although the pacing is rarely upbeat (often a pitfall of '70s jazz standards), the results approach the peak of vocal Duke Ellington tributes, Ella Fitzgerald's 1957 Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, recorded with the entire Ellington band and charts from Billy Strayhorn.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072346086
catalogNumber: 34608
Rank: 79898

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Vaughan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pee Wee Crayton   Guitar,Conductor
Lloyd Glenn   Piano
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Urbie Green   Trombone
Joe Pass   Guitar,Conductor
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar,Conductor
Jimmy Rowles   Piano,Conductor
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Conductor,Drums
Mike Wofford   Piano,Conductor
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Jonathan Abramowitz   Strings
Danny Bank   Saxophone,Woodwind
Julien Barber   Strings
Benny Carter   Conductor
Harry Bluestone   Strings
Verlye Mills   Harp
Billy Byers   Conductor
Ronald Clark   Strings
Arthur "Babe"Clarke   Saxophone,Woodwind
John Collins   Guitar
Ronald Cooper   Strings
Eddie Daniels   Saxophone
Paul Faulise   Trombone
Frank Foster   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
David Frisina   Strings
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Gerald Tarack   Strings
Paul Gershman   Strings
Bill Green   Flute,Reeds
Harry Lookofsky   Strings
Allan Harshman   Strings
Theodore Israel   Strings
J.J. Johnson   Trombone,Conductor
Nathan Kaproff   Strings
Harold Kohon   Strings
Robert Konrad   Strings
Marvin Limonick   Strings
Guy Lumia   Strings
Edgar Lustgarten   Strings
Roy McCurdy   Drums
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Joseph Malignaggi   Strings
Kermit Moore   Strings
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Waymon Reed   Trumpet,Conductor,Flugelhorn
Janice Robinson   Trombone
David Schwartz   Strings
Alan Shulman   Strings
Henry Sigismonti   French Horn
Zoot Sims   Conductor,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Andy Simpkins   Bass,Conductor
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Conductor,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Frank Wess   Flute,Conductor,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Marilyn Wright   Strings
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Charles Randall   Drums
William Henderson   Strings
Joachim Chassman   Strings
Jerry Dodgion   Saxophone,Woodwind
Frederick Buldroni   Strings
Bill Walker   Bass
Randolph Moss   Strings

Technical Credits

Pee Wee Crayton   Orchestral Arrangements
Harry James   Composer
Joe Pass   Orchestral Arrangements
Bucky Pizzarelli   Orchestral Arrangements
Jimmy Rowles   Orchestral Arrangements
Irving Mills   Composer
Grady Tate   Orchestral Arrangements
Mike Wofford   Orchestral Arrangements
Benny Carter   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Norman Granz   Producer
Billy Byers   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Duke Ellington   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Orchestral Arrangements
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Waymon Reed   Orchestral Arrangements
Zoot Sims   Orchestral Arrangements
Andy Simpkins   Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Simpson   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Val Valentin   Engineer
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson   Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Frank Wess   Orchestral Arrangements
David Redfern   Cover Photo
Abbey Anna   Project Assembly
Don George   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Tad Hershorn   Liner Notes
Chris Clough   Project Assembly
Carruthers   Composer

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