- Released: April 29, 1997
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Personnel includes: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Artie Drelinger, George Kelly, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Stan Webb (baritone saxophone); Russ Bazer, Harold Feldman (saxophone); Billy Butterfield, Taft Jordan, Miles Davis, Jimmy Maxwell, J. Milazzo, Red Solomon (trumpet); Will Bradley, Bennie Green, Jack Sattersfield (trombone); Tony Scott (clarinet); Jimmy Jones (piano, guitar); Lou Stein (piano); Al Cailoa, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe, Art Ryerson (guitar); Eddie Safranski, Billy Taylor, Jr., Frank Carroll (bass); Cozy Cole, J.C. Heard, Terry Snyder (drums).
Reissue producer: Phil Schaap.
Recorded between December 1949 and December 1952. Includes liner notes by Phil Schaap and Dick Katz.
Digitally remastered by Matt Cavaluzzo and Debra Parkinson at Sony Music Studios, New York, New York.
Even though Sarah Vaughan recorded for Columbia between 1949 and 1952, only 2 LPs were culled from the many tracks she produced during this period: the strings-only AFTERHOURS and SARAH VAUGHAN IN HI-FI, a more jazz-oriented collection featuring a young Miles Davis and tenor player Budd Johnson among others. These are among Sarah's finest recordings - the stellar accompaniment reminiscent of the Teddy Wilson small groups backing Billie Holiday on her Columbia recordings of the 30s. Here the still youthful Sarah applies her technical mastery to jazz classics like "East Of The Sun," "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "The Nearness Of You," complete with startlingly elastic phrasing and sheer loveliness of voice.