Just a Little Lovin'

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Released in 1970, Just a Little Lovin' was the fourth and last studio album Carmen McRae cut for Atlantic Records in the late '60s/early '70s. The albums were for the most part a mix of pop and jazz songs with a decidedly pop angle. Just a Little Lovin' isn't too different, though it leans more toward the soulful end of the street. Producer Arif Mardin put McRae together with the Dixie Flyers studio band, backup singers extraordinaire the Sweet Inspirations, and an all-star horn section led by King Curtis, and then let her loose on the usual Beatles covers a lifeless "Something," a very relaxed and sensual "Here, There and Everywhere," and a dramatic take on "Carry That ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Released in 1970, Just a Little Lovin' was the fourth and last studio album Carmen McRae cut for Atlantic Records in the late '60s/early '70s. The albums were for the most part a mix of pop and jazz songs with a decidedly pop angle. Just a Little Lovin' isn't too different, though it leans more toward the soulful end of the street. Producer Arif Mardin put McRae together with the Dixie Flyers studio band, backup singers extraordinaire the Sweet Inspirations, and an all-star horn section led by King Curtis, and then let her loose on the usual Beatles covers a lifeless "Something," a very relaxed and sensual "Here, There and Everywhere," and a dramatic take on "Carry That Weight" and pop tunes like Jimmy Webb's "Didn't We" and Laura Nyro's "Goodbye Joe." So far, so half decent. Where the album really takes off is on the tracks that sound more down-home and Southern, like those cribbed from Dusty in Memphis "Just a Little Lovin'," "Breakfast in Bed", the Willie Dixon blues "I Love the Life I Live," and the tracks written by Tony Joe White the funky-as-dirt "I Thought I Knew You Well" and "I Want You". The band sounds totally in the groove on these cuts and McRae responds with some supremely gritty performances. As with all her other Atlantic records, it's a mixed bag but well worth picking up for Carmen McRae fans -- and if you aren't one, you should be!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431671320
  • Catalog Number: 6713
  • Sales rank: 143,298

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carmen McRae Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
King Curtis Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
The Sweet Inspirations Background Vocals
Garnett Brown Trombone
Sammy Creason Percussion, Drums
Joseph DeAngelis French Horn
James Luther Dickinson Guitar, Keyboards
The Dixie Flyers Rhythm Section
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Charlie Freeman Guitar
Alexander Gafa Guitar
Walter Kane Woodwind
Arif Mardin Conductor
George Marge Woodwind
Tommy McClure Bass, Bass Guitar
Tony Miranda French Horn
Romeo Penque Woodwind
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
Mike Utley Organ, Electric Piano
Joe Newman Quartet Trumpet
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
George Harrison Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Laura Nyro Composer
Donnie Fritts Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Ron Albert Engineer
Chuck Kirkpatrick Engineer
Lewis Hahn Engineer
Eddie Hinton Composer
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Gene Orloff Director
Gene Paul Engineer
Pat Upton Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
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