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I'm Glad There Is You: A Tribute to Carmen McRae
     

I'm Glad There Is You: A Tribute to Carmen McRae

by Vanessa Rubin
 

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This Vanessa Rubin release is a tribute to Carmen McRae. Although she cites McRae as a major influence, Rubin actually does not sound much like her and leans as much toward middle-of-the-road music as jazz. Also, not all of these songs are really identified with McRae (most notably "Send in the Clowns" which was largely owned by Sarah

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This Vanessa Rubin release is a tribute to Carmen McRae. Although she cites McRae as a major influence, Rubin actually does not sound much like her and leans as much toward middle-of-the-road music as jazz. Also, not all of these songs are really identified with McRae (most notably "Send in the Clowns" which was largely owned by Sarah Vaughan). The ballad-dominated set does have a reasonable amount of variety, Rubin gets off some fine scatting on "Yardbird Suite" and she introduces an excellent original in "No Strings Attached." A variety of guests (including Grover Washington, Jr., Frank Foster, Antonio Hart, Cecil Bridgewater, Kenny Burrell and Monty Alexander) only appear on one or two songs apiece and do not make that much of an impression. However Vanessa Rubin's attractive voice is strong enough to carry the music and this release is a step forward for her.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/1994
Label:
Novus
UPC:
0012416317023
catalogNumber:
63170

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Performance Credits

Vanessa Rubin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Monty Alexander   Piano
Charles Fambrough   Bass
Antonio Hart   Alto Saxophone
Cecil Bridgewater   Trumpet
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Graves   Piano
Yoron Israel   Drums
Carlos McKinney   Piano
Grover Washington   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Michael Rubin   Percussion

Technical Credits

Charles Fambrough   Arranger
Vanessa Rubin   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Cecil Bridgewater   Producer
Onzy Matthews   Arranger
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Joe Marciano   Engineer
Paul Mertz   Composer
Jacqueline Murphy   Art Direction

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