CD Two for the Road [George Shearing/Carmen McRae] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 105409),
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Two for the Road [George Shearing/Carmen McRae] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance
    2. You're All I Need
    3. Gentleman Friend
    4. More Than You Know
    5. Cloudy Morning
    6. Too Late Now
    7. If I Should Lose You
    8. Ghost of Yesterday
    9. What Is There to Say
    10. Two For the Road
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4128

  • Credits
    ProducerCarl E. Jefferson

    Personnel: George Shearing (piano); Carmen McRae (vocals).
    There are far too few recordings of top-notch jazz singers backed solely by equally talented pianists, so this onetime meeting of George Shearing and Carmen McRae proves to be magical. Shearing recorded solo piano sessions a number of times during his long career, though he rarely played unaccompanied for a vocalist, with the exception of his meetings with Mel Torm. McRae also had a prolific career and is still in great voice interpreting this standard-heavy collection. Shearing's inventive chord substitutions in "Too Late Now" are a treat, with the singer making a delayed entrance. Shearing is rollicking in "Gentleman Friend" (the album's only uptempo track), which also features McRae doing a bit of scatting. The lesser-known "Cloudy Morning" finds the pianist in a bit of an impressionist mood and also sharing the vocals, while McRae's powerful interpretation of "More Than You Know" is another gem. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Which CD - Performance 9 / Sound 10
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