Personnel includes: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Ernie Wilkins, Hugo Peretti, Hal Mooney, Joe Lipman, Ray Ellis (conductor); Billy Eckstine (vocals); Frank Wess (alto & tenor saxophones, flute); Cannonball Adderley, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (tenor saxophone, flute); Paul Quinchette (tenor saxophone); William Boucaya (saxophone); Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Clifford Brown, Thad Jones (trumpet); Benny Powell, Kai Winding (trombone); Herbie Mann (flute); Michel Hausser (vibraphone); Ronnell Bright, Jimmy Jones, Bob James (piano); Pierre Cillaz (guitar); Richard Davis, Joe Benjamin (bass); Kenny Clarke, Roy Haynes, Sonny Payne (drums); Willie Bobo (percussion).
Producers include: Quincy Jones, Hal Mooney, Clyde Otis, Bob Shad.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
Recorded between 1949 and 1964. Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald.
Digitally remastered by Space Heater (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
This is part of Verve's Finest Hour series.
Personnel: Billy Eckstine (vocals); Freddie Green, Pierre Cullaz (guitar); Bernard Kaufman, Nuncio "Toots" Mondello (flute, clarinet); Jerome Richardson (flute, tenor saxophone); Hank Ross (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Jo Hrasko, Marcel Hrasko, William Boucaya, Zoot Sims (saxophone); Sam Marowitz, Bud Shank, Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Ernie Royal, Joe Newman , Bernie Glow, Wendell Culley (trumpet); Henry Coker, J.J. Johnson , Kai Winding, Al Grey, Wayne Andre, Benny Powell, Billy Byers (trombone); Dick Hixson (bass trombone); Kirk Stuart, Jimmy Jones , Ronnell Bright, John Malachi (piano); Michael A. Hauser (vibraphone); Kenny Clarke, Roy Haynes, Sonny Payne, Norris "Bunny" Shawker, George Hughes (drums); Frank Foster (sabar); Juan Cadavieco, Rafael Sierra, Willie Bobo, Bobby Donaldson, Jose Mangual (percussion).
Recording information: A & R Studio, New York, NY (12/22/1949-12/14/1964); Capitol Recording Studios, New York, NY (12/22/1949-12/14/1964); Fine Sound, New York, NY (12/22/1949-12/14/1964); New York, NY (12/22/1949-12/14/1964); Paris, France (12/22/1949-12/14/1964); Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark (12/22/1949-12/14/1964).
Arrangers: Ernie Wilkins; Joe Lipman; Hal Mooney; Hugo Peretti; Quincy Jones; Ray Ellis; Bob James.
Verve's Finest Hour collection of Sarah Vaughan's work compiles 60 minutes of career highlights, including "Misty," "Lush Life," "Lullaby of Birdland," "Star Dust," and "My Coloring Book." Though it's by no means a definitive compilation of Vaughan's music, it does provide a welcome overview of some of her best pop and jazz moments. ~ Heather Phares