Sarah Vaughan: Sarah + 2

30. Juli 2019 222241 0 Comments

Pure Pleasure SR 152118

„Sarah + 2“ – Sarah Vaughan (voc); Barney Kessel (g); Joe Comfort (b)
Those who throughout the years have denied Sarah the cachet of a true jazz singer are in for a surprise with this LP.
Those who many, many times have said that Sarah couldn’t interpret lyrics are also in for a surprise.
Daring, startling, innovative, creative, are just a few of the words that come to mind when one thinks of the risk it represents for a jazz singer to do an album with bass and electric guitar only, like in this case. However, the format works wonders by giving her a minimal support that allows to showcase her fireworks.
You’ll apply the above adjectives as well when you hear Sarah’s rhythmic and melodic inventions, always in perfect time, always within the harmony but at the same time revealing hidden corners of it, always adding an unsuspected hue to the song.
Her „Just in Time“ is anthological, just like that incredible „When Sunny Gets Blue“. You won’t find, and I mean this, a better lyrics readings and a better musical approach for these two songs. As good as, maybe, but not better, I swear.
The same happens with more or less the rest of the tracks. Each of them has a special something that keeps the listener on his toes.
Being an inveterate Sarah admirer, but very much aware of her ugly excesses in certain years in her career, I hereby recommend this album. You won’t be sorry because you’ll agree with me.

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