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Carmen McRae: Finest Hour

  • 1. I Was Doing All Right
    2. How Long Has This Been Going On?
    3. Namely You
    4. Dream of Life
    5. Eagle and Me, The
    6. Do You Know Why?
    7. Whatever Lola Wants
    8. When Your Lover Has Gone
    9. Weak for the Man
    10. Mad About the Boy
    11. Love Is a Simple Thing
    12. I Wants to Stay Here
    13. Baltimore Oriole
    14. Invitatio
    15. Something to Live For
    16. Midnight Sun
    17. Georgia Rose
    18. Love Is Here to Stay
    19. Perdido
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 543760

  • Credits
    EngineerJack Kapp; Milt Gabler

    Personnel includes: Carmen McRae (vocals, piano); Tadd Dameron, Frank Hunter, Jack Pleis, Ralph Burns, Luther Henderson (conductor); Dave Lambert Singers, Sammy Davis Jr. (vocals); Buddy Collette (alto saxophone, flute); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Ben Webster, Al Cohn (tenor saxophone); Charlie Shavers, Art Farmer (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Billy Strayhorn, Don Abney, Ray Bryant, Dick Katz (piano); Mundell Lowe (guitar); Joe Benjamin, Ike Isaacs, Wendell Marshall (bass); Charlie Smith, Specs Wright, Jimmy Cobb (drums).
    Producers include: Milt Gabler, Jack Kapp.
    Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.
    Recorded between February 21, 1955 and November 12, 1959. Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald.
    Digitally remastered by Corn Dog (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
    This is part of Verve's Finest Hour series.
    Personnel: Carmen McRae (vocals); Sammy Davis, Jr. (vocals); Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (guitar); Buddy Collette (flute, alto saxophone); George W. Smith (clarinet); Justin Gordon (bass clarinet); Warren Webb (oboe); Vinnie Dean, Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Al Cohn, Ben Webster, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Sol Schlinger (baritone saxophone); Richard Gene Williams , Lennie Johnson, Ernie Royal, Al Stewart, Irwin "Marky" Markowitz, Art Farmer, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Mickey Gravine, Jimmy Cleveland, Billy Byers (trombone); Paul Faulise (bass trombone); Don Abney, Dick Katz, Joe Marino, Ray Bryant, Ronnell Bright, Billy Strayhorn (piano); Floyd Williams, Nick Stabulas, Specs Wright, Charlie Smith (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
    Recording information: 06/14/1955-03/10/1959.
    Photographers: Ted Williams ; Don Bronstein.
    Arrangers: Ernie Wilkins; Fred Katz; Jack Pleis; Mort Stevens; Ralph Burns; Luther Henderson; Buddy Bregman.
    An in-depth 19-track overview of the career of jazz vocalist Carmen McRae, demonstrating her bebop-influenced vocal styling ranging from blues ballads to fluid bop scat. Part of the Verve Finest Hour series, this well-presented album is a fine introduction to the artist at an affordable price. ~ Zac Johnson

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