It Don’t Mean A Thing

Sarah Vaughan & Joe Williams

 

A rare collaboration between two masterful singers

Seven years after Duke Ellington’s death, an all-star televised tribute took place.

Sarah Vaughan (1924-90) and Joe Williams (1918-99), two of the greatest jazz singers of all time, rarely performed together despite enjoying each other’s talents.

On “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” after a chorus of the melody, the two classic singers scat up a storm.

Although Sarah Vaughan was impossible to top, Joe Williams does well, while backed by a big band headed by pianist Billy Taylor.

– Scott Yanow