Carmen McRae – The great American songbook


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    This is a gem of an album by Carmen McRae. It was recorded live for Atlantic Records at Donte's Club in Los Angeles on November 6, 1971 and released the following year.

    The sound quality and the performance itself are notable. The set not only contains established standards by Ellington, Cole Porter and the other greats, but some new (at the time) material. Including Burt Bacharach's 'They Long To Be Close To You' in the set was a wise decision. It deserves to be a standard. Of course there is the obligatory Billie Holiday song that McRae would include in all of her performances. On this album it's "I Cried for You," which was one of Billie's first recordings in 1936.

    The sound quality is superb. The engineer managed to capture not only the energy from the live performance, but the richness of the ensemble backing McRae. Indeed, the musicians backing her are perfect for the material: Jimmy Rowles on piano (who wrote the "Ballad of Thelonious Monk"), Joe Pass on guitar, Chuck Domanico on bass and Chuck Flores on drums.

    OUT of PRINT ! Her best live Lp..


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