"Midnight Sun" is one example of Vaughan losing control. The rendition begins gloriously with an unassuming Vaughan and Joe Pass's nuanced accompaniment, but as soon as Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Louie Bellson enter, things start to go awry. Peterson's overly busy piano at first drowns out the more judicious Pass before a balance is finally achieved, and Vaughan milks the life out of certain words and phrases and sometimes seems to be singing in a separate room from her backing quartet. Although she returns to a more discerning approach near the end, it's not enough to fully reclaim this rare uneven effort. Perhaps the irresistible poetry of Johnny Mercer's lyrics lend themselves to excess, but compare this track to Nancy Wilson's version to hear how less can indeed be more.
March 04, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: midnight sun
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