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Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown is a 1954 jazz album by vocalist Sarah Vaughan and trumpeter Clifford Brown. It was a critical success at the time and is still seen as one of the best jazz albums ever recorded.

Vaughan considered it her personal favorite and in 1999 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.


Side One

  1. "Lullaby of Birdland" (4:06)
  2. "April in Paris" (6:26)
  3. "He's My Guy" (4:17)
  4. "Jim" (5:56)

Side Two

  1. "You're Not the Kind" (4:48)
  2. "Embraceable You" (4:54)
  3. "I'm Glad There Is You" (5:14)
  4. "September Song" (5:50)
  5. "It's Crazy" (5:01)

CD bonus tracks

  1. "Lullaby of Birdland" (partial alternative take) (3:58)
  2. "Lover Man" (3:18)
  3. "Shulie a Bop" (2:41)
  4. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (2:35)
  5. "Body & Soul" (3:14)
  6. "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (2:43)
  7. "You Hit the Spot" (3:02)
  8. "If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)" (2:30)


  • Sarah Vaughan: vocals
  • Clifford Brown: trumpet
  • Paul Quinichette: tenor saxophone
  • Herbie Mann: flute
  • Jimmy Jones: piano
  • Joe Benjamin: bass
  • Roy Haynes: drums
  • Ernie Wilkins: conductor
  • John Malachi: piano

"Lullaby of Tropeland:"

  • Alliterative Title: "September Song".
  • Anti-Love Song: "Jim", where Vaughan sings about a lover of whom she knows will leave her one day, but she will "carry the torch for Jim."
  • Crossover: Between Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown.
  • Cover Album: All tracks are covers.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: "Embraceable You", made famous by Nat King Cole changes the "come to papa, come to papa" line to "come to mama, come to mama".
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The black-and-white cover.
  • Face on the Cover: Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown, though he is only seen partially.
  • Fictional Country: Birdland in "Lullaby of Birdland".
  • Advertisement:
  • One-Man Song: "Jim".
  • The Power of Love: "Lullaby of Birdland", "He's My Guy", "Embraceable You" and "It's Crazy".
  • Scatting: She scats during "Lullaby Of Birdland".
  • Self-Titled Album: Both artists are mentioned in the title.
  • The Something Song: "September Song", from Kurt Weill's Knickerbocker Holiday.
  • Unrequited Love: "You're Not the Kind".
    For you're not the kind of a boy for a girl like me
    Cause I'm just a song and a dance, you're a symphony
    You say that you never would doubt me
    Well, I'm tellin' you, you'd be much better off with out me
    'Cause I'm just the kind of a girl (boy) who would never play fair
    And you're just the kind of a boy (girl) who would always be square