Carmen McRae for Lovers

Carmen McRae for Lovers

by Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae

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Overview

Romantic ballads were Carmen McRae's specialty, and her streetwise yet sophisticated phrasing carried just enough world-weariness to suggest that she actually understood what she was singing about (being in love or having been in love doesn't automatically mean you can convincingly sing about it -- McRae could, though). This collection of mid- to late-'50s material for Decca Records doubles both as a collection of love songs and as a fine introduction to the singer in her early years -- when she still had full control of her upper vocal register. With impeccable jazz backing, songs here like "When I Fall in Love," "If Love Is Good to Me," "My Funny Valentine," and "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" are given beautiful and definitive readings by McRae. "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," from 1958's Birds of a Feather album, is a particular delight, thanks to a wonderful arrangement and the presence of horn men Irwin "Marky" Markowitz (trumpet), Tony Miranda (French horn), and Ben Webster, whose tenor saxophone lead line toward the end of the song literally becomes the voice of the nightingale. Sleek, moving, and sophisticated, Carmen McRae for Lovers is a concise introduction to a marvelous singer covering the kind of material that she did best.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2006
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498875810
catalogNumber: 000583902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carmen McRae   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Bryant   Piano
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Herbie Mann   Flute
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Bell   Double Bass
Ike Isaacs   Double Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Wendell Marshall   Double Bass
Specs Wright   Drums

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Eric Maschwitz   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Manning Sherwin   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Paul Madeira   Composer
Fred Spielman   Composer

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