Sarah Vaughan: Autumn Leaves
Sarah Vaughan (vocals)
Crazy and Mixed Up (Pablo 2312-137)
Roland Hanna (piano), Andy Simpkins (bass), Harold Jones (drums).
Composed by Joseph Kosma and Jacques Prévert.
Recorded: Hollywood, March 1-2, 1982
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The way Sarah Vaughan tackles this tune is so lively that one is surprised not to hear the audience cheer and applaud at the end, and to realize it's a studio recording. Produced by Sassy at that, who chose the songs and the musicians. This explains why she feels so at home with her rhythm section and Joe Pass, who alternates solos with her at such breakneck speed you'd bet it was a live performance. In this highly compatible setting, Sassy does something that few have done before: an up-tempo all-scat version of a song whose harmonies are like a scenic railway for the impressive range of her voice. No words, indeed, but a joy of singing that gives these "Autumn Leaves" an air of spring and youth, whose charm is hard to resist.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num