Sarah Vaughan: Come Rain or Come Shine

By 1950, the finest singer of the bebop era had done her best to put bop behind her. Since bop was primarily instrumental music dominated by male eccentrics, there wasn't much room for female vocalists, no matter how skillful. After her mid-1940s record sessions with Diz, Bird, Bud, et al., Sarah Vaughan shunned such company and avoided their material. During the 1950s, Sarah's singles were often on the pop charts, but her relationship with jazz was skittish. So it's good that we catch her early in the decade for "Come Rain or Come Shine." Sarah, mannerisms at a minimum, shines.

November 06, 2007 · 0 comments


Ray Charles: Come Rain or Come Shine

In addition to being an iconic rhythm ‘n’ blues vocalist, Ray Charles played jazz piano and alto saxophone. But it was his soulful singing that was held in such high esteem by the jazz community. His heart-wrenching rendering of “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” over a lush Ralph Burns arrangement for an orchestra that included strings, a choir, and Bob Brookmeyer’s earthy valve trombone, may be the most moving version of the song ever recorded.

October 31, 2007 · 0 comments


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