Compilation from Francis Dreyfus' 'Jazz Reference' series. Dreyfus himself describes the compilations as 'a collection of the most beautiful tracks ever recorded before 1960 by the biggest and most renowned creators of the lively and flawless language of jazz'. This Dreyfus release opens a narrow aperture on Sarah Vaughan’s career with a selection of recordings by the singer from 1944 to 1950. That it’s so narrow is to its credit – with a laser focus on these six years alone, we get an insight into a period in which Ms Vaughan’s style truly sparkled and bubbled, progressing from girlish debutante to fiercely modern jazz vocalist in a short space of time. For those used to hearing the somewhat aloof, cerebral delivery in, say, her live versions of My Funny Valentine, it may come as a surprise to hear the light-hearted style of some of her early recordings.



Mean To Me


Lover Man


Interlude (A Night In Tunisia)


East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)


Ain't Misbehavin'


What More Can A Woman Do


Come Rain Or Come Shine


What A Difference A Day Made


September Song


You Go To My Head


Black Coffee


No Smoke Blues


It Might As Well Be Spring





Label: Jazz Reference/ Dreyfus Jazz

Catalogue: 538484053