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Live in Japan (Sarah Vaughan album)

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]

Live in Japan
Live album by
RecordedSeptember 24, 1973
VenueNakano Sun Plaza Hall, Nakano, Tokyo, Japan
GenreVocal jazz
ProducerBob Shad
Sarah Vaughan chronology
Feelin' Good
Live in Japan
Send in the Clowns
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Allmusic5/5 stars[3]

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 significanceEdit

The album was praised in the original LP sleeve-notes by 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."

The Billboard magazine 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."[6]

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."[7]

Track listingEdit



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ 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. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (15 December 1973). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 51–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ Scott Yanow (2003). Jazz on Record: The First Sixty Years. Backbeat Books. pp. 782–. ISBN 978-0-87930-755-4.