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Sarah Vaughan: The Early Years 1944-1948
Sarah Vaughan: The Early Years 1944-48 (Trapeze, 2018)

Revered as Vaughan is, we often overlook her status as a first-generation bebopper. But what else can those difficult (though she makes them seem effortless) intervals and changes on “East of the Sun” or “Don’t Blame Me” be other than bop? These 1940s sessions position Vaughan alongside the likes of Young, Parker, Gillespie, Dameron, and Tristano—taking a back seat to none of them. MICHAEL J. WEST

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