Sarah Vaughan: If You Could See Me Now


If You Could See Me Now


Sarah Vaughan (vocals)


Young Sassy (Proper Box 27)

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Sarah Vaughan (vocals), Freddie Webster (trumpet), Leo Parker (baritone sax), Bud Powell (piano),

Leroy Harris (alto sax), Hank Ross (bass clarinet), Ted Sturgis (bass) and a nine-piece string section


Composed by Tadd Dameron & Carl Sigman. Arranged and conducted by Tadd Dameron


Recorded: New York, May 7, 1946


Rating: 84/100 (learn more)

A year after recording with Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker, the finest singer of the bebop era had already turned her back on bop. This track, written by bopper Tadd Dameron, backed by such bop luminaries as big-toned trumpeter Freddie Webster, Bud Powell and Kenny Clarke, is musically aloof from bop. Rather, it anticipates the gooey ballads that made Miss Vaughan a staple of the 1950s hit parade. Technically the most gifted vocalist ever associated with jazz, the Divine One kept the genre at arm's length, going so far as to apprise Down Beat in 1982: "I'm not a jazz singer." Hearing this track, we wonder if she ever was.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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