Carmen McRae for Lovers

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498875810
  • Catalog Number: 000583902
  • Sales rank: 115,885

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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