Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Vaughan’

Carmen McRae – The Best Is Yet To Come

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“Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread…without it, it’s flat.” – Carmen McRae

Carmen backed up that sentiment night after night during a long and illustrious career as one of the most artful singers in the business. It’s on full display in this week’s top tune, the signature Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh-penned classic McRae swings so beautifully on a 1991 tribute album to Sarah Vaughan, her recently deceased friend.

The sessions are backed by the Shirley Horn Trio and would be the final recordings of Carmen’s career. The album is widely considered the perfect swan song for McRae after a run of over 60 albums and a half-century of brilliant live performances, and we couldn’t agree more!

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Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
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Sarah Vaughan – Witchcraft

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Hailing from Newark, NJ, Sarah Vaughan became an accomplished pianist after taking lessons for many years as a kid and fell in love with the idea of becoming a vocalist after the many gospel singers she accompanied in the church choir.

She was only in her teens when she won an amateur contect at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. Singer Billy Eckstine discovered her there and recommended to his employer, pianist Earl Hines that he hire her for his legendary band. Her musicianship matched the monster players in the band including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, masters of the bebop style.

Vaughan’s rhythmic improvisation and exceptionally skillful phrasing incorporated many of their techniques. She signed with Columbia Records in the 1950s and later Mercury and embarked on a 50 year career earning international fame.

This week’s top tune is Sarah’s rendition of the Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh classic, “Witchcraft” from her 1962 album, You’re Mine You produced and arranged by the great, Quincy Jones.

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth /
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw /
Publishing controlled by MPL. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Master controlled by Warner Music Group

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Sarah Vaughan – On the Other Side of the Tracks

Sass developed her musical chops along side the seminal figures of jazz. Starting out singing in bands with Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine, Vaughan helped put 52nd street (Swing Street) on the map. Her band mates included giants Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker. She enjoyed two successful decades on Mercury Records during the 50′s and 60′s including one final set for the label, Sassy Swings Again in 1967.

On this album, Sarah joins an all-star band including the likes of Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, and Benny Golson on this week’s Top Tune: Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh‘s “On the Other Side of the Tracks”. The performances and album, which was awarded four stars by Stephen Cook, are described as an essential session during her “autumnal prime”. This song was cleverly plucked from the hit musical, Little Me, a Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh tuner from 1962 which starred Sid Caesar and received 10 Tony nominations. The musical has been seen many award-winning revivals since it’s Broadway debut, you can catch the latest incarnation starting today May 1 and running through May 19 at the Eureka Theatre, San Francisco starring Jason Graae.

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Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth – Administred by BMG Chrysalis. Contact: & Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)/Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.

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Frank Sinatra – Witchcraft

Frank Sinatra’s recording of Witchcraft (Coleman/Leigh) received 6 Grammy Award nominations at the first ever Grammy Awards in 1957 for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Vocal Performance (male), Best Arrangement (Nelson Riddle), and Best Album Cover.

Sinatra would re-record the song in 1963 for his Reprise collection, Sinatra’s Sinatra and again in 1993 as a duet with Anita Baker.

The tune has gone on to become a pop and jazz standard, recorded by the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans just to name a few.

Catch this great live performance by The Chairman HERE.

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