Live in Japan (Sarah Vaughan album)

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Live in Japan
Live album by Sarah Vaughan
Released 1973
Recorded September 24, 1973, Nakano Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 57:33 (disc one)
56:14 (disc two)
Label Mainstream, Legacy (reissue)
Sarah Vaughan chronology
Feelin' Good
Live in Japan
Send in the Clowns
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]

Live in Japan is a 1973 live album by the American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, recorded at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan.[4]

Originally issued on two LPs, the two volumes were released separately. A double compact disc set was issued in 1993. In 2007, the United States Library of Congress honored the album by adding it to the National Recording Registry.[5]

Reception and significance[edit]

The album received fulsome praise in the original LP sleeve-notes by distinguished jazz critic Nat Hentoff: "There is Sarah's striking sense of design. The basic framework of each song is carefully structured and personalised, and that makes her frequently stunning improvisations ... all the more absorbing. ... Hers is so resonant and rich a sound you feel you can almost touch it ... in sum a nonpareil illustration of a master singer at the peak of her expressive energies." Three songs (A Foggy Day, The Lamp is Low and All Of Me) are taken double fast and last less than two minutes, others stretch out to an expansive seven minutes plus. Vaughan is clearly in ebullient mood throughout as is shown from her easy banter with the audience and that she plays the piano on one track. There is a wordless version of Willow Weep For Me as, as she confesses, she had completely forgotten the lyrics. The encore is Bye Bye Blackbird, as suggested by a member of the audience, and this was the very first time Sarah had recorded that particular song.

The initial Billboard review from December 15 1973 commented that "Sarah's virtuosity is something constant...she is superb is gliding, floating, soaring, caressing each word, each note, breaking down words into syllables and extracting the true meaning from each phrase." The review described Vaughan's performance of "Wave" as "a soft, delicate experience in which the scales the vocal spectrum."[4]

In his 2003 book Jazz on Record: The First Sixty Years, critic Scott Yanow described Live in Japan as featuring Vaughan at the "height of her powers" and wrote that "Sassy's voice is often heard in miraculous form on this set."[6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
  1. "A Foggy Day" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 1:21
  2. "Poor Butterfly" (Raymond Hubbell, John Golden) - 5:04
  3. "The Lamp Is Low" (Peter DeRose, Bert Shefter, Mitchell Parish) - 1:37
  4. "'Round Midnight" (Thelonious Monk) - 5:37
  5. "Willow Weep for Me" (Ann Ronnell) - 3:00
  6. "There Will Never Be Another You" (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon) - 1:34
  7. "Misty" (Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke)- 3:12
  8. "Wave" (Antonio Carlos Jobim) - 7:03
  9. "Like Someone in Love" (Jimmy van Heusen, Burke) - 2:29
  10. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 5:32
  11. "All of Me" (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) - 1:56
  12. "Where Do I Begin" (Francis Lai) - 5:05
  13. "Over the Rainbow" (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg) - 7:01
  14. "I Could Write a Book" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 2:15
Disc two
  1. "The Nearness of You" (Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington) - 6:58
  2. "I'll Remember April" (Gene de Paul, Don Raye) - 3:33
  3. "Watch What Happens" (Norman Gimbel, Michel Legrand, Jacques Demy) - 3:04
  4. "I Cried for You" (Arthur Freed, Abe Lyman, Gus Arnheim) - 1:33
  5. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) - 4:01
  6. "The Blues" - 7:32
  7. "I Remember You" (Victor Schertzinger, Johnny Mercer) - 5:09
  8. "There Is No Greater Love" (Isham Jones, Marty Syms) - 4:03
  9. "Rainy Days and Mondays" (Paul Williams, Roger Nichols) - 6:11
  10. "On a Clear Day" (Burton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner) - 1:54
  11. "Bye Bye Blackbird" (Ray Henderson, Mort Dixon) - 7:39
  12. "Tonight" (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) - 1:12
  13. "Tenderly" (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence) - 3:27



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (13 October 1973). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 40–. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  5. ^ Johnson Publishing Company (26 March 2007). Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. pp. 20–. ISSN 0021-5996. 
  6. ^ Scott Yanow (2003). Jazz on Record: The First Sixty Years. Backbeat Books. pp. 782–. ISBN 978-0-87930-755-4.