Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (alto saxophone); Frank Wess (flute); Waymon Reed (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joe Pass, Bucky Pizzarelli, Peewee Crayton (guitar); Mike Wofford, Jimmy Rowles, Lloyd Gloenn (piano); Andy Simpkins, Bill Walker (bass); Grady Tate, Charles Randell, Roy McCurdy (drums).
Recorded at Group IV Studios, Hollywood, and RCA Studios, New York, New York in August & September 1979.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1987, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
The second of two Pablo CDs featuring Sarah Vaughan interpreting Duke Ellington-associated material shows that the veteran singer never did decline. With assistance from trumpeter Waymon Reed, flutist Frank Wess, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson on alto and a surprise vocal, and several overlapping rhythm sections, Sassy sounds in top form throughout this date. Highlights include "I Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues," "Chelsea Bridge," "Rocks in My Bed," "I Got It Bad" and "Mood Indigo" but all 11 numbers are well worth hearing. Both of these well-conceived sets are easily recommended. ~ Scott Yanow