Linger Awhile: Live at Newport and More

Linger Awhile: Live at Newport and More

by Sarah Vaughan



In an ideal world, Sarah Vaughan's performance at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival wouldn't have gone unreleased for 42 years. But because of various circumstances, that performance remained in Norman Granz's private collection until the release of this CD in late 1999. Here's what happened: At the 1957 Newport Festival, Granz taped sets by the Count Basie Orchestra and the Oscar Peterson Trio for release on his Verve label, and ended up taping Vaughan's set as well. But Vaughan was signed to an exclusive contract with Mercury at the time, and Mercury was close to doing some live taping of its own. (In fact, the singer's excellent live album At Mister Kelly's was recorded in Chicago only a month after her Newport appearance.) The same trio that backed a 33-year-old Sassy at that Chicago club (pianist Jimmy Jones, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Roy Haynes) backs her at Newport, where she is in fine form on performances of familiar standards such as "Black Coffee," "All of Me," "The Masquerade Is Over," and "Sometimes I'm Happy." Because Vaughan's Newport set wasn't nearly long enough to fill up a CD, roughly half of this disc is devoted to eight alternate studio takes she recorded for Granz's Pablo label from 1978 to 1982. It's interesting to hear the older Vaughan on the same CD as the younger Vaughan: Alternates of "Just Friends," "That's All," and other standards show us just how much her voice had deepened since 1957. But she still had one of the most enviable and impressive ranges in jazz, and Vaughan in her 50s was every bit as expressive and charismatic as Vaughan at 33. As a rule, the alternates are only slightly inferior to the master takes that Pablo ended up choosing -- and they will undoubtedly be of interest to collectors. Although not essential and not recommended to casual listeners, Linger Awhile is a CD that seasoned Vaughan fans will be happy to add to their collections.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2000
Label: Pablo
UPC: 0025218014427
catalogNumber: 2312144

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Vaughan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Louie Bellson   Drums,Snare Drums
Richard Davis   Bass
Freddie Green   Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
Joe Pass   Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Bob Summers   Trumpet
Mike Wofford   Piano
Ray Brown   Bass
Billy Byers   Conductor
Dale Carley   Trumpet
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Eric Dixon   Saxophone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
George Gaffney   Piano
Roland Hanna   Piano
Roy Haynes   Snare Drums
Kenny Hing   Saxophone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Harold Jones   Drums,Snare Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Sammy Nestico   Conductor
Bobby Plater   Saxophone
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Andy Simpkins   Bass
Frank Szabo   Trumpet
Danny Turner   Saxophone
Dennis Wilson   Trombone
Mitchell Wood   Trombone
Johnny Williams   Saxophone
John Williams   Saxophone
Gary Tate   Snare Drums
Ray Haynes   Drums

Technical Credits

Vincent Youmans   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Billy Byers   Arranger
Sonny Burke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Nestico   Arranger
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Sarah Vaughan   Producer
Bob Simpson   Engineer
Val Valentin   Engineer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Clifford Grey   Composer

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