Carmen McRae – Carmen McRae (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Carmen McRae – Carmen McRae (1954/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:22:13 minutes | 334 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: theclassicalshop.net | © Bethlehem Records / Verse Music Group
Recorded: NYC, October 6, December, 1954

Carmen McRae’s debut was recorded in 1954, the same year she was awarded the title Best New Female Vocalist by DownBeat magazine. Accompanied by an all-star line up of musicians including Herbie Mann on flute and tenor saxophone, Wendell Marshall on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums, this auspicious debut set up the rest of McRae’s successful career which would see her record more than 60 albums, garner multiple Grammy nominations and appear in films and on television.

This CD reissue has Carmen McRae’s first recordings as a leader. McRae is heard on four songs apiece with the Mat Mathews quintet (a group including Herbie Mann on flute and tenor and guitarist Mundell Lowe) and clarinetist Tony Scott’s quartet. On the emotional “Misery” Tony Scott switches to piano and is the only accompanist to the singer. Five alternate takes augment this set which emphasizes ballads. Overall the music is pleasing but not too memorable and one wishes there were more variety. –AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Tracklist:
1 Easy To Love 2:24
2 If I’m Lucky 3:14
3 Old Devil Moon 2:36
4 Tip Toe Gently 2:38
5 You Made Me Care 2:09
6 The Last Time For Love 3:04
7 Misery 3:51
8 Too Much In Love To Care 2:17

Personnel:
Carmen McRae – vocals
Herbie Mann – flute, tenor saxophone
Mat Mathews – accordion
Mundell Lowe – guitar
Wendell Marshall

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