The legendary Sarah Vaughan left an indelible mark on the world of jazz. A four-time Grammy Award winner and an NEA Jazz Masters recipient, Vaughan was a defining voice of the genre with a career that spanned more than five decades.

Nicknamed “Sassy” and “The Divine One,” Vaughan was said to have a voice that happens once in a lifetime. She had a broad vocal range and could sing from baritone through soprano with precision. Vaughan was also a skilled pianist and every once in a while can be heard accompanying herself in her work. She understood music on a deep level and performed with unparalleled heart and honesty. Her interpretations often feel like the way the songs were always meant to be sung.

Virtuosic, operatic and luscious are all words frequently used to describe her. Over the course of her long career, she released more than 50 albums and recorded with some of the best in the business including Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Billie Erskine and more. Her influence is widespread, with artists including Anita Baker, Sade and Dianne Reeves citing her as an inspiration.

While you can’t go wrong with any of her work, here are five standout albums from the rich catalogue of Sarah Vaughan.