CD Carmen McRae Sings Great American Songwriters (CD 142971), Audio Other
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Carmen McRae Sings Great American Songwriters

  • 1. You Took Advantage of Me
    2. Yesterdays
    3. Last Night When We Were Young
    4. I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket
    5. Blue Moon
    6. I Was Doing All Right
    7. My Foolish Heart
    8. My Funny Valentine
    9. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    10. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    11. All the Things You Are
    12. I Get a Kick Out of You
    13. My Man's Gone Now
    14. Summertime
    15. He Was Too Good to Me
    16. How Long Has This Been Going On?
    17. When I Fall in Love
    18. My Romance
    19. I Concentrate on You
    20. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 631

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Carmen McRae (vocals); Matt Mathews (arranger, accordion); Ralph Burns, Tadd Dameron, Jimmy Mundy, Fred Katz, Jazz Pleis, Frank Hunter, Luther Henderson (arranger); Ray Linn, Pete Candoli (trumpet); Vince De Rosa (french horn); Milt Bernhardt, Bob Enevoldsen (trombones); Tommy Johnson (tuba); Bill Green, Harry Klee, Herbie Mann (flute); George Smith (clarinet); Mahlon Clark, Justin Gordon (bass clarinets); Ray Bryant, Calvin Jackson, Don Abney (piano); Billy Bean (guitar); Red Mitchell, Ike Issacs, Joe Benjamin (bass); Specs Wright, Kenny Clarke, Larry Bunker, Charlie Smith (drums).
    Producer: Milt Gabler
    Compilation producer: Orrin Keepnews
    Recorded between 1955 & 1959. Includes liner notes by Neil Tesser.
    Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios).
    This is part of Decca's Legendary Masters Of Jazz series.
    The considerable achievement of Carmen McRae was always somewhat eclipsed by the dazzling technique of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, not to mention Billie Holiday's personal drama or the flamboyant romanticism of Dinah Washington. Still, Carmen might have been the smartest, most discerning singer among them, and the one most suited to properly interpret the Great American Songbook, Ella's songbooks notwithstanding.
    SINGS GREAT AMERICAN SONGWRITERS brings together jazz producer Orrin Keepnew's selections of key performances from McRae's Decca years and lends a useful perspective on a career characterized by fine musical-literary instincts. While Ella sang as if the words to songs sometimes embarrassed her and Sarah as if she didn't know what they meant, McRae's unpretentious way with lyrics almost always revealed something of the song's real meaning. And unlike the cabaret great Mabel Mercer, who certainly knew what a song meant, Carmen had a truly lovely voice, offset sometimes by her somewhat sardonic tone. Still, it is the ballads here, like "Blue Moon" or the magnificent "Every Time We Say Goodbye" among others, that stand as perfect little works of art.

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