Sarah Vaughan The Divine One recounts the stellar singer's career, from her beginnings at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, to her debut at the Apollo Theater and her pre-eminence in nightclubs, concert halls and jazz festivals around the world. Packed with insightful interviews many with Sarah herself and live performances spanning her entire career, this is a very special portrait of a woman who was professionally unparalleled. Performances of: The Shadow Of Your Smile; I've Got A Crush On You; Once In A While; Someone To Watch Over Me; Misty; Send In The Clowns; Somewhere Over The Rainbow and many more.
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This DVD of Sarah Vaughan provides a good overview of "The Divine One's" life and music. To be honest, it does leave you wishing it were longer, but there are some impressive clips of her in concert (including some rare 70's footage of her brilliantly accompanying herself at the piano as a guest of Dick Cavett). With a voice that approached operatic proportions, Sarah Vaughan lived with as much gusto as she sang. It is also interesting to see how much Sarah Vaughan's life and music compares and contrasts with that of her contemporary, Ella Fitzgerald, who was the only other jazz singer of the same era who possessed as great a musical gift. Amazingly, Vaughan ate copiously, drank, smoked, partied hard--activities that would normally kill a voice well before its time. Yet she STILL retained her magnificent instrument! If anything, I swear she got better with age--I caught one the last performances before her death in New York City at the infamous Blue Note!
I enjoyed this DVD. I did not know a lot about Sarah Vaughn, except for her unbelievably incredible voice. The DVD was enlightening and also featured clips of her singing. I personally would have preferred more of a bio-documentary. However, I would highly recommend the DVD.
This program has been kicked around and re-released on several labels in several formats with very different artwork. This is the latest. It offers a fairly in-depth look at Sarah's life and music but doesn't go too far into any one area. A few of her most exceptional filmed performances are offered, interviews with friends and family are offered.
I consider this title to be mandatory for fans of Sarah, but don't expect a lot of music.
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