Carmen McRae Sings Great American Songwriters

Carmen McRae Sings Great American Songwriters

by Carmen McRae
     
 
Instead of reissuing all of singer Carmen McRae's early records for Decca in chronological order, the GRP program has hedged its bets a bit by coming up with highlights from each of her sessions although, with the various CDs on a whole, nearly everything has being reissued anyway. The 20 numbers on this CD are taken from ten different sessions and find McRae joined

Overview

Instead of reissuing all of singer Carmen McRae's early records for Decca in chronological order, the GRP program has hedged its bets a bit by coming up with highlights from each of her sessions although, with the various CDs on a whole, nearly everything has being reissued anyway. The 20 numbers on this CD are taken from ten different sessions and find McRae joined by the Mat Mathews Quintet (featuring flutist Herbie Mann), the Ray Bryant Trio, and several large orchestras. The repertoire is taken from the songbooks of some of the classic American composers (including Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers & Hart and Arlen); McRae's interpretations are both respectful and swinging. It is particularly interesting to hear how high her voice could go in the early days. This CD is easily recommended to her fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1993
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0011105063128
catalogNumber:
631

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carmen McRae   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Bryant   Piano
Tadd Dameron   Conductor
Herbie Mann   Flute
Red Mitchell   Bass
Ralph Burns   Conductor
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen   Trombone
Ike Isaacs   Bass
Calvin Jackson   Piano
Dick Katz   Piano
Fred Katz   Conductor
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Mat Mathews   Accordion
Jimmy Mundy   Conductor
Justin Gordon   Bass Clarinet
Luther Henderson   Conductor
Don Abney   Piano
Billy Bean   Guitar
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Larry Bunker   Drums
Mahlon Clark   Bass Clarinet
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Bill Green   Flute
Frank Hunter   Conductor
Harry Klee   Flute
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Jack Pleis   Conductor
Charles Smith   Drums
George "Harmonica" Smith   Clarinet
Charlie Smith   Drums
Specs Wright   Drums
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Tommy Johnson   Tuba

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Arranger
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Fred Katz   Arranger
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Luther Henderson   Arranger
Dave Grusin   Executive Producer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Frank Hunter   Arranger
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Reissue Producer
Jack Pleis   Arranger
Larry Rosen   Executive Producer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Dan Serrano   Art Direction
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Scott Johnson   Art Direction

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