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Diva
     

Diva

by Carmen McRae
 
If you are making a shortlist of the best jazz singers, Carmen McRae had better be right at the top. She had a distinctive voice, able to do heartbreaking and lighthearted equally as thrillingly. She had an unerring sense of melody and her phrasing is a thing of beauty. This collection covers her work in the mid-'50s for Decca both with small groups and larger

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If you are making a shortlist of the best jazz singers, Carmen McRae had better be right at the top. She had a distinctive voice, able to do heartbreaking and lighthearted equally as thrillingly. She had an unerring sense of melody and her phrasing is a thing of beauty. This collection covers her work in the mid-'50s for Decca both with small groups and larger orchestras. She shines on swinging tracks like "Comes Love," "Falling in Love With Love," and "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket" and won't leave a dry eye in the house with her deeply emotional ballad singing. "Do You Know Why," "Midnight Sun," and the achingly beautiful "I'm Glad There Is You" are prime examples of McRae's way with a ballad. Each of the 16 tracks here is like a primer on how to be a vocalist, jazz or otherwise. McRae's entry in Verve's Diva Series is a fine introduction to her 1950s recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0044006521220
catalogNumber:
065212

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Performance Credits

Carmen McRae   Primary Artist
Ray Bryant   Piano
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Budd Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Aaron Bell   Bass
Dick Katz   Piano
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Justin Gordon   Bass Clarinet
Joe Marino   Piano,Celeste
Don Abney   Piano
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Dick Berg   French Horn
Billy Byers   Trombone
Larry Bunker   Vibes
Mahlon Clark   Bass Clarinet
Donald Corrado   French Horn
Vinnie Dean   Alto Saxophone
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
Mickey Gravine   Trombone
Bill Green   Flute
Eric Gunnison   Piano
Winard Harper   Drums
Jim Hughart   Bass
Frank Hunter   Conductor
Lennie Johnson   Trumpet
Porter Kilbert   Alto Saxophone
Harry Klee   Flute
Fred Klein   French Horn
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Trumpet
Tony Miranda   French Horn
Sol Schlinger   Baritone Saxophone
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Todd Sommer   Drums
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Specs Wright   Drums
Frank Emilio Flynn   Marimbas,Vibes
Floyd Williams   Drums
Stewart   Trumpet
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet
Ike Isaacs Trio   Bass
Tommy Williams   Bass
John Towner Williams   Piano,Celeste
Wilkins   Conductor

Technical Credits

Fred Katz   Arranger
Sonny Burke   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Frank Hunter   Arranger
Philip Springer   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Alexander Gelfand   Notes Editing
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Gary Kelley   Illustrations
Wilkins   Arranger

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