Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan At Mister Kelly’s (1958)

At Mister Kelly’s is a 1957 live album by American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, recorded at Mister Kelly’s jazz club in Chicago. The Allmusic review by John Bush awarded the album four-and-a-half stars and said that At Mister Kelly’s captures Vaughan at her “best and most relaxed”, stating that “her unerring sense of rhythm carries her through every song on this set, whether the occasion calls for playfulness and wit (“Thou Swell,” “Honeysuckle Rose”) or a world-wise melancholia (“Willow Weep for Me”)”.

Track Listing

“September in the Rain” (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) – 3:30
“Willow Weep for Me” (Ann Ronell) – 5:16
“Just One of Those Things” (Cole Porter) – 3:18
“Be Anything (But Be Mine)” (Irving Gordon) – 4:50
“Thou Swell” (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 2:44
“Stairway to the Stars” (Matty Malneck, Mitchell Parish, Frank Signorelli) – 5:06
“Honeysuckle Rose” (Andy Razaf, Fats Waller) – 3:39
“Just a Gigolo” (Julius Brammer, Irving Caesar, Leonello Casucci) – 4:10
“How High the Moon” (Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis) – 4:27
“Dream” (Johnny Mercer) – 3:38
“I’m Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter)” (Fred E. Ahlert, Joe Young) – 2:30
“It’s Got to Be Love” (Rodgers and Hart) – 5:13
“Alone” (Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed) – 2:29
“If This Isn’t Love” (Yip Harburg, Burton Lane) – 2:25
“Embraceable You” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:47
“Lucky in Love” (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson) – 2:10
“Dancing in the Dark” (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 3:36
“Poor Butterfly” (John Golden, Raymond Hubbell) – 4:45
“Sometimes I’m Happy” (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) – 2:00
“I Cover the Waterfront” (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) – 4:07

Note: For a great singer, this album represents Vaughan at her peak. Also with a back up band of Jimmy Jones on piano, Richard Davis on double bass, and Roy Haynes on drums, it’s an incredibly tightly played show.

Schill Score: 8/10

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