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At Mister Kelly's

Sarah Vaughan

1957

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At Mister Kelly's

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3.44

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5

Amazing voice. A gig I'd have liked to have been at, sat at a table with an Old Fashioned and pack of cigarettes.

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4

Well, I'm a fan of Sarah Vaughan, but not of live albums. She is possibly my favourite vocalist of the big band era, so I gave this an honest chance. It's pretty cool. But I'd still rather listen to her studio recordings. I don't get anything from the MC introducing, or the crowd coughing, or Sarah and the band messing up one of the tracks. On the closing track, "How High the Moon", she sings (without breaking her stride) "Ella Fitzgerald does this song real crazy", then does a kind of impression of Ella's scat singing. Now there's something cool that you wouldn't hear in the studio I guess. Her voice sounds great as always, and the original concise selection of 9 tracks is strong. (All the reissues more than double this number. Will we ever get away from the early CD era mentality of "cram as much bonus stuff on the disc as possible"?) Overall, this is probably a 3.5 from me, but I will round it up to 4 given that none of Sarah's studio material seems to appear in the 1001 list (which by the way is a fucking travesty given how many redundant picks of post-1960 white male rock music they managed to fit in).

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Loved practically everything about this. The old-timey recording nature of this live performance (I imagine in a smallish lounge at Mister Kelly's) gives this such an intimate feel. Moments like the man introducing Sarah Vaughan and cracking a joke about all the attendees being "Mercury recording artists," the artist joking about messing up a song and the crowd laughing around her, and the small talk and glasses clinking in the background really make you feel like you're a part of the performance. I typically enjoy instrumental jazz more, but she's got a great voice that really captivated me for the entire album Saved: September In The Rain, Be Anything But Darling Be Mine

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5

This album is like the smoothest cup of coffee and the warmest blanket on the coldest day.

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This is unbelievably good.

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5

A beautiful intimate performance. Sympathetic accompaniment, tasteful playing and a great batch of songs. Sarah's voice is impeccable, rhe arrangements are perfect and her delivery; relaxed inimate and rhythmicly they swing. Don't often understand the rhyme or reason behind some of the non-rock choices but for this one I'm grateful that I was able to discover this amazing album 5 🌟

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What a stunning voice, and what a beautifully ambient album. I'm not familiar with vocal jazz in general, and this makes me want to explore the genre more. My top pick is 'Willow Weep for Me', both for the lovely melancholic sound and the interaction with the crowd.

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4

Sweet voice and nice toned down show. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but there was an intimacy to it I found very valuable.

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3 stars pleasant enough, not my bag tho

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“At Mister Kelly’s” by Sarah Vaughan (1957) As live albums go, this one’s not bad, and of course jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan is stellar. A somewhat haphazard collection of great songs by great songwriters is exquisitely performed by Vaughan, backed by understated piano, soulful double bass and beautifully restrained drums (although one of the backing guys occasionally and annoyingly hums throughout). The recording quality and the mix are better than one might expect. And the audience at Chicago’s Mr. Kelly’s is well behaved (they were warned that they were being taped). Under-rehearsed and nicely improvisational, these songs engage the listener, who can’t help but to ‘lean in’ to the synthesis between the composition and the performance. It captures an essential element of jazz. Sarah Vaughan’s voice is great. Her stylings are fresh and her tonal quality is superb. She hits impossible intervals with precision and apparent ease. In her diction, there’s a slight but persistent lisp (listen to end of the word “stars” on “Stairway to the Stars”) but hey, this ain’t the Met. Major flubs (in “Willow Weep for Me” and “How High the Moon”) are pulled off with humor and panache. She sings, “according to that [the lyrics sheet] I’m through, but they’re still playin’, so I’ll keep on singin’”. I laughed out loud; so did the audience and so will you. It completely blew the melancholy mood of the song (“Willow Weep for Me”), but what are you gonna do when you’ve already bumped a mic stand, the audience is staring nervously at you and the tape machine is rolling? This album is an artifact of a fine piece of entertainment that makes me wish I’d been there. 3/5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcEKtVZ0XX4&t=3 this is all i could picture listening to this album.

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What. A. Voice.

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That was quite enjoyable. I liked her voice, and I liked the smoothness of it. I mean, this is sort of where the idea of “smooth” jazz came from, right?

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Very nice!

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I’m in love

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Lo que más me gustó de este disco es como te posiciona en un club chiquito en los 50’s. No hay nada mas que decir. Es jazz y es en vivo, no falla casi nunca.

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30. De certa forma, todos nós fomos hoje, entre o fumo e os chapéus de coco, artistas registados da Mercury Recordings. MotA: Willow Weep For Me "The leaves of brown came tumbling down"

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I was impressed.

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Ya like jazz? I like jazz.

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The chillest way to start the day. Beautiful.

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New one for me, though I think I recognise Willow Weep For Me. Really enjoyable and, like The Who's Live at Leeds, the live album gets across how much fun Vaughan is having. Incredible voice. Will play again. I must check whether she is touring the UK any time soon...

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1957 - Vocal Jazz

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great album the vocals sound a little weird at times but the jazz is just awesome 9/10

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Jazzy as fuck 10/10

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Why is every album from the 50s so good!? This has a despicably good vibe holy shit. 5

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kind of boring!

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Awesome

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Nice jazz

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Did listen. Loved.

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Épico 😎👌

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Usually not a fan of live albums but on this one the ambient noise only adds to the experience.

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5

Sarah Vaughan has one of the most beautiful and versatile voices I have ever heard. This album is perfect down to the vocals, the accompaniment, and her natural humor. I absolutely adore this artist and this album.

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5

Such a great intro to the live performance in the beginning of the album. Amazing singer and sometimes a bit forgotten amongst other great names of the same era, like Billie Holiday. Highly recommended.

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One of the greatest voices in jazz, accompanied in a tasteful, low-key, style by an excellent piano trio. This was a wonderful live recording of the album, which transported me to the actual jazz club in Chicago. The improv moments toward the end of Willow Weep for Me and the nod to Ella Fitzgerald in the final song were quite amusing. It was also nice to hear another interpretation of Thou Swell, which I only knew in Betty Carter's fast version (and which, to be fair, I still prefer).

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Oh man, I love live jazz albums. I admit to having a bias on this front. I just REALLY love the silkiness in jazz singers' voices. It's interesting, one of my other favorite albums on this list--Sam Cooke--I enjoyed just as much, but they are SO different. Instead of being energizing, this album is calming and mellow. And Sarah Vaughan is VERY funny, in a natural, effortless way. Classic jazz attitude, I love her energy. Fave track: Willow Weep for Me. Extra points for the funny crowd interactions. She's like a damn comedian dealing with a heckler.

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incredibly charming. will revisit.

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So very good.

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Vraiment solide comme album. J’ai adore 5*

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De Rigueur for 70's suburban sprawl. Still love this record to death.

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Beautiful album, beautiful voice. The live aspect didn't detract much from the experience and sometimes even added to it!

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Lovely live album. Especially funny if you listen to some of the lyrics that are just her singing that she doesn't know. Gives it a very intimate touch.

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wonderfull

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5

Authentic and fun to listen to. Her music was fun and I liked how she interacted with the audience.

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God I need a cigarette

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Wow. What a special live performance. Loved it.

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Wow...yesterday Ella Fitzgerald appears in my rotation and today I get Sarah Vaughan? I don't know what I did to deserve such royal treatment, but I'll take it. Ms. Vaughan's voice makes me cry in the best possible way. PS - I'm cracking up as she sings 'How High The Moon' and she has to improv because she doesn't know the words, and she's singing about how she doesn't know the words. Awesome.

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Loved the second track. Sarah Vaughan's vocals exposed all the flaws in modern R&B vocals.

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her voice is smooth like honey and the album as a whole has a serene peacefullness over it

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jazz! voice! smoky club vibes.

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Espectacular voz. Bohemio e inspirador.

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Beautiful voice, not really my style of music but her talent is amazing.

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What a voice!

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AND IT'S LIVE! I actually think it's pretty cool. Mister Kelly is a bit of a nonce though.

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De kleine details zoals het lachende publiek wanneer een microfoon omvalt of de aankondiging aan het begin geven dit album extra diepte.

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What a voice! And what a performance!

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This album takes you back to a time when lounge singers and dinner clubs were an actual option. Vaughan's voice rises and swoons as she weaves a spell capturing the magic of an era.

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Elle et Tom Waits aurait formé un duo à faire pâlir les Chevaliers du Fiel.

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Chouette découverte. Album plaisant pour travailler.

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Brilliant

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Precioso. Te sentís adentro del bar tomándote algo y escuchando esa belleza. La voz ella es tremenda. Los graves me fascinan. Willow Weep For Me, Honeysuckle Rose, Just a Gigolo y How High The Moon me parece los mejores temas del disco. No sé si esta última canción es así originalmente pero me parece gracioso que diga que no recuerda la letra del tema. Pienso que (sin descubrir América) dejó para el final los mejores temas. ¿Lo escucharía nuevamente? Lo escucharía mil veces más. 8/10 ludomatics.

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Nice and beautiful voice Songs were a little less 7/10

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Just one of those things, Stairway to the stars

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Smooth, dinner music. Late night perhaps

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Love the intro. This type of music always brings back Fallout 3 memories, really nice. The improv jokes etc on Willow Weep for Me and How High the Moon are brilliant, gives a really strong sense of the atmosphere and the confidence she had as a performer. Overall really enjoyed it.

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Didn't finish, but very easy listening and beautifully aranged

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I thought the set list had a good flow, I've rarely heard scat that's legit. Some great love songs. A nice time capsule.

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Beautiful voice here. Nice collection of standards performed pretty much perfectly. Not really a fan personally of this kind of thing even though it's easy to admire the talent. Also I don't generally like live albums. I think the Spotify version linked here is only half of the album. Full album is here: spotify:album:4HXhOHapnfYAFUuQqBWQ3L Kinda messed up of the emcee to call her out for performing with lyric sheets...

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Me gusto, 4/5

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great vocal jazz, and a great backing band to boot

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Sehr schönes Jazz-Album! Trifft eher meine Hörgewohnheiten :)

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Nice voice!

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That was fantastic and intimate in all the ways that the best jazz joints are.

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Nice wee live set

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Great album to listen to . Her voice is amazing.

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First off, the improvised humor during the second song (Willow Weep For Me) and throughout the last song (How High The Moon) put a smile on my face. It was enjoyable to hear an artist just rolling with it in a live performance. And honestly, if you weren't paying close attention, I think it would just roll by you as a listener as well. It's a testament to how clean, tight and yet how fluid Sarah Vaughan and the Trio are across this album. Everything about this album felt in perfect balance, which I find especially remarkable given it's a recording of a live performance. Sarah's vocals are an enchanting blend of smooth, pitch perfect and with a touch of smokey rasp. She carries every tune perfectly and doesn't overly-adorn, preferring instead to be straight to the point. And sitting just below the canopy of the vocals is the remarkably stout trunk that is the backing trio. Their performance was equaly clear, concise and beautiful. All told, it's a lovely album, made more special by the candor and simplicity that comes from the stripped down production of recording a live performance.

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Ms Sarah Vaughan sings songs from the great American song book. Utterly captivating voice, terrific jazz band backing.

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Someone else described this album as the warmest blanket on the coldest day, and I really felt that

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This is good jazz with a good voice. It doesn't even sound live. Yeah, this is solid.

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reminds of norah jones

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La voce colpisce subito, fin dalle prime note di 'September in the Rain'. Affascinante e ottimo con un cocktail in una sera piovosa autunnale (duh). Simpatica e ironica, anche quando non conosce le parole, arricchito dalla registrazione live con applausi e risate del pubblico. Non lo avrei mai ascoltato tipicamente e probabilmente non lo farò molto spesso, ma mi ha colpito molto positivamente.

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Very sweet, a great listen for the holiday season!

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Another live album, which is fine. Unfamiliar with Sarah Vaughan. A jazz standard singer with a beautiful voice. Great quality live album for being recorded in '57.

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Me relaja mucho mientras trabajo el jazz. Lo que me parece increíble es la cantidad de álbumes en directo que hay en el libro. G:10 T:4 P:8

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I loved hearing this live album. The mixup during Willow Weep for Me was lovely to hear. Excellent song choice, and a stellar backing band. Lovely.

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Would put on in the background during a dinner party. 8/10

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8/10. Pretty good vocal jazz, great to be on in the background.

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really nice live performance 8/10

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might be the best jazz voice i've ever heard

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i think this unlocked a secret memory from my grandfather. personally i liked hearing the audience, sets a mood i really enjoyed.

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3.5/5. This was alright, I would say average. I liked the live aspect of it. Jazz is always good.

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Ah heti ekasta biisistä pääsee tähän jazz-laulun tunnelmaan. Sataispa ulkona vielä vettä.

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Tosi miellyttävää. Vaikea sanoa että poikkeaako perusjatsista kauheesti mutta kyllä tuli fiilis ihan kun ois istunut ite klubilla kuuntelemassa.

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This album is awesome! So endearing that she's not perfect, she makes mistakes, etc., yet just rolls with it!

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Lovely - what a discovery and what a great live album

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My grandmother and I concur, Sarah Vaughan is a classy delight.

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Niesamowity głos, kolejny, po B.B. Kingu, świetny live performance

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This is a great Jazz/Swing-Album from an artist I previously knew nothing about. It's a live recording, too, but only runs about 35 minutes. Sarah Vaughan has a fantastic voice; and the way she saved "Willow Weep for me" after having forgotten some of the lines is truly elegant and funny at the same time. 4/5

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A live album by one of the best voices to have ever existed with a truly professional band. The chosen songs are some of the more famous jazz songs, but not fully engaging throughout the album. Where they go a bit more uptempo, they band gets to showcase themselves a bit more.

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Beautiful vocals, and the live setting makes it so much more intimate and atmospheric

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Instant fan. You can really hear the influence of Ella Fitzgerand in Sarah's vocals (which gets directly referenced in How High the Moon). The accompanying band is so smooth.

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jazz

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Koja glasčina! Prekrasno sniman live album di se osjećaš kao dio publike, a njen glas može raspekmezit i najtvrđe srce.

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Vocal jazz, beautiful voice, in the same line as Billie Holliday but more cheerful and playful.

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Nice listening, what a great singer!

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Fantastic album, Sarah Vaughn has a phenomenal voice

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- Voz gostosa - Conheci uma música(!) - Ainda não cheguei na idade de gostar de Jazz

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A great voice and cool jazz songs are always good in my books. The live recording, with the announcement to the crowd and the mistakes all left in, adds this level of authenticity that made me enjoy it even more.

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Exquisite voice and accomplished confident performer. I usually choose to listen to Ella for this type of jazz, but Sarah Vaughan's voice is so smooth. Great piano playing (drums and bass are so good you don't notice them). Lovely recording.

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Nice, maybe a little repetitive, but overall I liked it a lot

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Chill and great

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Great recording.

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Super sweet :) I don’t have a whole lot of thoughts on this one, to be honest. I liked the music and I love how natural it felt. I have an affinity for that live feeling, especially when it’s as cozy as this album. Sarah Vaughan has a great charismatic charm and her adlibs are fun. I also LOVE her voice! In spite of all of this, I’m not head over heels about this album. The music, while pleasing to the ears, is not all that interesting to me. The best parts are when Vaughan breaks script and things break the fourth wall. I wish I had more to say about WHY the music wasn’t interesting to me but I wasn’t engaged enough to take notes. Good music to play in the background while chillin with people you love.

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Refreshing

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That was a vibe

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It's rare that a Live album should be considered a must listen, this is one of them. There is something about early Jazz and the American Songbook that only improves when performed live in a small club. Sarah Vaughn is one of the top females singers from this era, sometimes overshadowed by Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, her voice remained at it's peak throughout her career and didn't suffer the fallbacks that the others did. Good solid performance. 4/5.

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Listening to this album was a very pleasant experience. I loved the scatting on the last track. There was a lot to like here. Sarah Vaughan had a beautiful voice

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Plyta na zywca z gatunku wokalnego jazzu, wiec najczesciej hit lub miss czy akurat glos przypadnie do gustu, w wypadku pani Sarah Vaughan bedzie to zdecydowanie pierwsza opcja, at mister kellys wpisuje sie idealnie w potrzeby powrotu do rytmu listowego, przerwanego z powodu tridum, wiec plyta z 57 w lakonicznej formie trzydziestu paru minut, minimalistycznej oprawie muzycznej na ktora skladaja sie jedynie pianino kontrabas i drumy raczy sluchacza naturalnym zywym spiewem pani Vaughan, ktory pieknie koloruje standardy jazzowe na orginalne odcienie emocji, na ktorych gra ona po mistrzowsku, a nadal brzmi autentycznie i inaczej na kazdym kawalku, z plejkowych pickow dodam gigolakowego songa i stairway to the stsrs, dawno nie bylo tak dobrego materialu livowego, ktory dodatkowo bylby nagraniem jedynie coverowym

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This would be lovely to have on vinyl and play while sipping a cocktail by the fire and holding a pipe that makes bubbles etc etc

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Good jazz album to listen to Each song was similar but very different Would fit well in an old bar or for dancing A classic to educate - 6/10

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Awesome live jazz album. Great voice.

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Swag

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Warm, inviting vocal jazz. Hard to dislike

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Det finns en risk att jag haft fel om live-album…

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Music to listen to with a cup of coffee.

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I love how relaxed the atmosphere is on the album. It is like Sarah Vaughan is putting on a show just for you. Such an intimate live album as opposed to the at times bombastic stadium fillers. I need to listen to Sarah Vaughan some more.

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Good jazz sound

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Smokey 'n' smokin'. Too bad Spotify's version has glitches, like a bad digital transfer. Will look for a physical copy of it, or at least a lossless digital one.

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Jazz. Canta muy bien. Un 3.

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3.7 - Starts with an audibly nervous announcer informing the audience that tonight's performance will be recorded and that everyone should relax, which sets a fun on-edge tone to the evening. By the end of the second track, the singer has fallen off her chair and laughingly improvises a line, "I've fouled up this one really well..." She comes back with intense ferocity on the next track "Just One of Those Things." Vaughan's voice is a marvel. She improvises all the lyrics on "How High the Moon", with some solid scatting thrown in, which rounds out a frenetic, sometimes off-kilter, but assured performance.

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6.5/10

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The album's alright but if Sarah Vaughan thinks she can hang her hat at mine, she's got another think coming.

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Dece

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lovely voice. had never heard of her before...fun

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Gezellig album, niet al te speciaal

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sympa, j'ai particulierement apprécié le moment où Tom Waits fait irruption dans la salle de concert, et invective Sarah d'un "eh qu'est-ce que tu fais" avec un accent toulousain prononcé

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I love jazz- so pretty and relaxing to listen to. Sarah has a lovely voice and this is a really solid album. I'd never heard of her before, but I would love to add her into my rotation with Ella and Billie.

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i love live albums. nice music, nice voice, goes really well with the last album i got lol (sinatra & jobim). it got a bit boring at some point and its not even long? but it was nice.

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Good intro to Jazz for me. You can really get a sense for her personality, and what it was like to be at the show.

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Estuvo bien. Me gustó mucho que en el primer tema hayan grabado la introducción 3/5

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Not my usual thing but good

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Wholesome. Intimate.

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Put on a tux. Pour a scotch. Light a cig. Would listen to this anytime.

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Great voice overlaying smooth jazz that makes for a relaxing evening. That's all there is to it. Songs aren't particularly noteworthy. Standard music and lyrics. Recording pretty good, though there are some hiccups here and there for being a live recording.

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Para una jazz session estaría bien, pero para escuchar 20 canciones de este estilo tiene que ser en un momento en el que apetezca. Yo no he sido capaz de acabar el disco, aunque he de decir que tiene buen estilo y voz.

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Gut aber nicht unvergesslich

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Smooth vocals, especially impressive that this is Live. Really adds to the date and character of it. I am not normally a fan of live albums, but this one really works for it. It's smooth and filled with an extreme amount of character.

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Easy listening jazz

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Great voice.

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if you like lounge music, this is for you

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Great voice and her ability and ease with improvisation makes her talent obvious. Jazz is not usually my thing but I like this

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interesting

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This made me feel fancier than I looked. Anyway, jazz is a sore spot for me. Her voice was smooth and the instrumentals were overall pretty solid, but the vocalizations and improvisation and general melodic makeup of the tracks - I'm still lost on how to truly enjoy those.

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Not my cup of tea

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woah her voice

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Kelly’s Hero

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Lovely classic

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In the Right conditions could be a great listen. Couldn’t handle it at the gym though.

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pretty fun!

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She's got an incredible voice, and some of the songs are really great, but it all blends together after awhile. Best track: How High the Moon

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This is the sort of jazz I would enjoy in a club or restaurant. 3.5/5

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Interesting live show

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10th November 2021 Listened throughout the day on my phone while having a chilled one. Liked this, bit of smooth jazz singing and I liked the way she scatted over saying she didn't know the words. Reminded me of an early Amy winehouse.

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Fallout vibes

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Loved the live recording, beautiful voice.

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Impressive sound quality for a live album. Not really my sound but a nice vibe.

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Sarah has wonderful control of her voice. I enjoyed it quite a bit when she messed up and was able to throw it into the song without really interrupting the flow at all. Pretty. Favorite track: "Willow Weep For Me"

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6/10

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Never thought I'd be entering my feedback on a 1950s live Sarah Vaughan album into a mobile phone app, but here we go. What to say? Good if you like this stuff, a headache it not. 'Honeysuckle Rose' is great. I really quite enjoyed this tasteful little set.

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I get that it’s a completely facile take on a talented woman’s career, but I just wanted her to break into Feeling Good or My Baby Just Cares for me. Sounded like Nina Simone but without the stand out tracks.

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I am not much of a jazz fan but Sarah Vaughan may convert me! I really enjoyed listening to this. Love her voice & playfulness.

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Lovely, erfrischend, selbstbewusst, supercool und lustig. Sehr gut, 3,4

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Take a time machine back to 1957, sit in a smokey jazz club in Chicago and hear the live musical act of Sarah Vaughn and her Trio (Jones on Piano, Davis on Bass, Haynes on Drums). Natural stage banter, a smooth backing band, and Vaughan's wonderful voice is a treat to listen to. I'm listening to the LP version here, which is significantly shorter than the CD version but gives the full idea, I think. She even shouts out Ella Fitzgerald at the end and scats for a bit, it's great.

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Si cha sicher singe, klavierishh au ganz guet, aber es isch echt ned so mi stil de jazz us dere ziit :(

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She has a nice voice and the instrumentation is fine but I feel like there are better albums in the same vein that I would generally rather listen to.

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Kuuntelin vähän hätäisesti. Muutama säväyttävämpi biisi ja kova laulaja. Ei kuitenkaan ihan suosikkijazzia.

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Great voice. Can't decide whether the performance mistakes from the live recording make it charming or not.

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A nice relaxing jazz album with a nice late night smokey feel. Sarah Vaughan has a voice very similar to the more well known Ella Fitzgerald. It's a very pleasant album, that's well sung and performed but lacking the gusto to make it a true classic. Had to seek out the mono version because I'm the stereo was full of dropouts.

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Smooth as can be.

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Easy listening.

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Easy listening, nothing really stuck out for me

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I can hear why people would like it, and the moments of behind the scenes where she "forgets" words or speaks to the crowd are very cool. Love her voice, but all the "American songbook" songs sound like relics from a bygone era, which I suppose they are. Enjoyable enough, but not one I will come back to

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It’s jazz. But it’s not offensively jazzy.

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Nice ligtweight, chilled lounge jazz. Nothing mindblowing, but it was ok. The few moments of audience interaction were the highlight to me, ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah

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Nije ovo Sarah o kojoj pjeva Alex G wtf

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300. album, da, da. lijepa glazba, noćnog takta što najviše volim u jazz glazbi. ženski vokal uz divan instrumental.

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I think that if there was only one jazz singer that I could listen to for the rest of my life I'd probably pick Sarah Vaughan. She has a beautiful tone and a broad range. I'm surprised that 1001 would pick this over her eponymous release with Clifford Brown a couple of years earlier. The latter received more critical acclaim, gets played to death on jazz stations and was apparently Sarah's favorite release from the era. Maybe because the great solos from the sextet took away from her performance? Back to this album, while I love her voice, a double album of jazz standards with minimal participation from her backing trio makes it hard to differentiate between the songs after a while.

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I didn't get much of a chance to listen. I was expecting to really like the offering but found it just OK

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A nice little album. Sarah's voice is pretty incredible and the jazz accompaniment is very pleasant, although a bit too minimal for my liking on some songs. Definitely a nice listen though. 6/10

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Dinner party music, loved it.

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I love the live album recording, it feels more alive and like you are a part of it. I liked the little error in Willow Weep for Me and How High the Moon, I'm glad they kept it in. Lovely trio, makes me wanna listen to more jazz. Favourite songs: Thou Swell, How High the Moon

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Eh, fine.

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Wasn’t bad. Mostly as background music.

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Great one-night record

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Not my favorite style but I appreciate the quality. If you’re into jazz I’d recommend this. It was beautifully done.

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This was ok, but I prefer Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday… This probably deserves another listen!

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I love how intimate this album feels. It’s warm, it’s inviting. It’s the album equivalent to taking a sip of hot tea. Sarah’s voice is absolutely incredible. Even with this being said, I didn’t find myself fully engaged by it. I’m not entirely sure why. I will say, this album would be great to bake to! It just gives that cozy feeling :)

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This is a six star album

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“Ella Fitzgerald sings this song” The rough bits make this a fun album.

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3.5….she has better albums , I think

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"At Mister Kelly's" is the first time I've heard any Sarah Vaughan, and her voice is instantly captivating. This album, a 75 minute live set of Vaughan in a live setting with a backing trio, is the perfect showcase for it. Right from the introduction, in which the compere informs the audience they're all about to become Mercury recording artists, there's such an intimate and cozy feel to this recording. Tender ballads like "Willow Weep for Me", "Stairway to the Stars" and "Embraceable You" are delivered with care and precision, alongside upbeat tracks like "Lucky in Love", "If This Isn't Love", "Just One Of Those Things" and many more. The backing trio are made up of Jimmy Jones on piano, Richard Davis on double-bass (who would later play on Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks"), and Roy Haynes on drums. They display some fantastic ability, but really it's Vaughan's show, so the playing is restrained and minimal, leaving a lot of room around her vocals. While it works for the overall atmosphere coming across here, I'd be excited to hear Vaughan with the power of a full band behind her. Although the performances are beautiful, the song selections themselves (all jazz/trad-pop standards or showtunes) are much of a muchness and start blending together late in the set owing to the same stripped back arrangements. Every now and then, something breaks through: "How High The Moon", with its improvised scat singing proclaimed to be in the style of Ellie Fitzgerald, is both a hoot and one of the most stunning displays of Vaughan's range and technique. "It Has To Be Love" is another fun track, with an effortless vocal and Jones clearly having fun with some piano glissandos. All in all, I'm glad I heard this and it introduced me to some new standards as well as Sarah Vaughan's magnificent voice, but smooth vocal jazz still feels best suited to background music for me.

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Smooth vocals, great for light background music.

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She’s obviously a great singer but this was just kind of boring. It was nice to have in the background when I worked and impressive that it was all presumably done in one take.

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While I appreciate the quality and range of the vocal performance, to me this is background music. It doesn't make me feel "involved" or like I'm an active participant.

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love

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Live jazzzz, lækker vokal, 50’er stemning, fløde

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Smooth and soothing. Not much beyond that.

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Outside of like wildly immature stuff there seems to be humor missing from a lot of music now. Like this was solid and also pretty funny moments.

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This was a nice live classic album. Warm and enjoyable. 6/10

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Interesante. Ella toda diosa, simpática con el público. Me gustó.

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She has a really strong voice. Think I'd much prefer a studio recording to this live album. As I'm not sure what the live aspect adds to this. However her voice alone makes it an enjoyable listen, "Be Anything but Darling be Mine" my favourite track.

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Just not a fan of slow jazz. Or Chicago jazz. I'm more of a New Orleans guy.

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This sounds ancient and is real one trick pony jazz. Was gonna give it a 3 but it started to annoy me by halfway through so 2/5.

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2.5 not my thing

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i wanted to like it more. a simple jazz sound with nice classic vocals. however, the vocals were clearly the focus, but didn't really hold any passion for me. it also seemed over vocalized and playful in a gimicky way. I honestly would have preferred David Lee Roth's version of Just a Gigolo.

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Nicht für mich

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Would have absolutely loved to have seen her in person! The end of "willow weep for me" in this particular cut was funny as all get up!

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: None Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: She's obviously very talented. I hate to use the phrase "I'm too young to really enjoy this", but I'm too young to really enjoy this. Wouldn't turn this off, but wouldn't ask someone to turn it on either.

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The voice is very good but the songs are just pretty boring. Also, live recordings as always make the music worse.

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assez joli voix mais chiant sinon instrumentalement pauvre Fav : dur à en retirer une du lot, les deux dernières passent mieux

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I'm not a fan of jazz.

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She's got a beautiful voice. It's just not a style of music that does anything for me.

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Live jazz from the 50s. I was pretty put off by her forgetting the lyrics all the time - the MC's intro says its being recorded and she'll use a lyric sheet, and yet... numerous times she forgot. Bit weird and unprofessional at any gig, let alone one being recorded that the singer would not know the songs?? Anyway the actual music was fine, she has a nice voice, though not as nice as Ella or Nina. Not a big jazz listener and wouldn't pick this up again.

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meh, way too jazzy for me, plus cheating because live

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Was I charmed by the old-timey crowd noise from intimate club setting and Sarah's ad-libbing on 'Willow Weep For Me'? Sure. Do I sometimes enjoy a bit of smooth jazz and pretend to be sophisticated? You betcha. Can I separate this album from all the other smooth jazz albums? And will I revisit it? Probably not, on both counts. My loss, I'm sure.

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Restaurant music

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Still not into jazz but I enjoyed her wit and the audience interaction. Really appreciate that it was “off the floor” and they kept the improvisations and mess ups in tact. Fave songs “September In The Rain” “Honeysuckle Rose”

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I was let down by the couple times she said she didn't know the words and then filled the space with scatting or talk-singing. Plus I didn't like how her lower range sounded.

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Some ok, some annoying

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Very competent but also very boring live vocal jazz. Apparently one song is very funny? Lots of laughter after each line. Didn't get that. 4/10

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nu prea mi-a placut

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Otro directo antiguo. 9 canciones y 35 minutos para conocer a esta cantante. Está bien grabado para ser un directo y además en esa época, la voz suena muy bien. El disco en sí no me ha entusiasmado, no es malo pero no me ha parecido interesante.

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Aufmerksamkeit schwindet rapide nach anfänglich unverwüstlich scheinender Sympathie. 1.9

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Honestly, putting aside that the genre isn't for me, I don't think she had a great voice. I appreciated the humor where she messed up one tune, but then she completely ad-libbed a second one after admitting she didn't know the lyrics, so I'm not sure what's up with that.

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Interesting, but not for me.

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It is a jazz album that is 72 minutes long. I struggle with jazz, mainly because I am not cool enough. Also the songs were not that good.

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She undoubtedly has lovely voice and I like her sense of humour and unflappability when she messed up her lines on Willow Weep for me. Also she gave a nice shout-out to her contemporary Ella Fitzgerald doing some scatting along the way. Her backing trio basically stays out of the way so the spotlight can shine on her which is fine. However, the material that she sings is pretty piss boring and not very cutting edge. 1957 was one of the greatest years in Jazz history and there was some really innovative jazz released that year, eg Thelonius Monk - Brilliant Corners, Miles - Round about Midnight, Cookin', and Walkin', Sonny Rollins - Way out West, Charles Mingus - The clown etc., I hope those albums appear on this list because I'd much rather listen to them than this middle of the road stuff.

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Not my cup of tea. What a voice though. Smooth as silk.

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This is another one of these albums that you know is highly appreciated for good reasons, but it is not for me I am afraid.

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It's not good. By her own admission Sarah admits she doesn't know how the song goes which sums jazz up really

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2/5 not my cup of tea.

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This was a decent album. As per usual I’m not really a fan of live albums but this one was acceptable. Not really a fan of music from the 50’s…

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Shmm-bop-a-dee-do-wap-a-pa-dee-do-be-daa. Amusing part in it when the song goes wrong and not bad overall, but I’ll probably never listen to it again.

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Smooth jazz done well. If you like that kind of thing.

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Good voice, not my kind of music

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I love jazz but not this kind of jazz

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Y'know, I think there's only so much I can get out of this old-style jazz. I understand the importance and necessity of it as the groundwork for everything that comes after, but taken on its own it is just so much less interesting than 90% of stuff being made a few decades down the line. Maybe when I'm old the kids will be saying the same thing about modern music, but I can only judge what I enjoy here and now.

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Listening to this kind of thing is like reading a classic book. I can hear the craft, I can see why people would enjoy it, but it's just not for me and I find it boring.

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I feel like I *should* enjoy this music more than I do. But it's just kind meh for me. I don't love the big band stuff, with the exception of the latin big bands. Her vocal are great but stylistically it doesn't grab me.

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1.75

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nah, not for me. Lasted 8 songs. It's nice like, but just boring.

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nah not for me

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Not my thing

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Too old for my ears

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Couldn't get into it.

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I know I should like this but 8 didn't sorry Sarah!

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Got a couple of songs in and got very bored. Jumped around the tracklist and it's just more of the same. I get why some people would dig it, and he's got a great voice, but definitely not for me.

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It's fine. The lady can sing but are there not 101 of these albums? What makes this special enough to be on the list? Cover art 3/5

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Jangled my nerves.

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