Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics [Bonus Tracks]

Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics [Bonus Tracks]

by Carmen McRae


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This CD reissues one of Carmen McRae's best recordings of the 1960s. McRae always considered Billie Holiday to be her primary influence, so a tribute album was a natural project for her. Joined by her regular trio (pianist Norman Simmons, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Walter Perkins) and three guests (cornetist Nat Adderley, tenor man Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and guitarist Mundell Lowe), the singer interprets a dozen songs associated with Lady Day. Although Holiday's influence can be felt, McRae already had her own distinctive voice and phrasing, resulting in fresh versions of such songs as "Them There Eyes," "Miss Brown to You," "I Cried for You," and even "God Bless the Child." A coolly emotional version of "Strange Fruit" (in which she is accompanied just by Lowe's guitar) is a highlight. In addition, two songs not originally included on the LP ("If the Moon Turns Green" and the slightly out of place but still satisfying "The Christmas Song") were added to the reissue. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646511527
catalogNumber: 65115

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carmen McRae   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Walter Perkins   Drums
Norman Simmons   Piano,Celeste
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Norman Simmons   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
West Arkeen   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Teo Macero   Producer
Fred Plaut   Engineer
Axl Rose   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Debra Parkinson   Remixing
Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera   Art Direction
Del James   Composer

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