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What is your favorite Carmen McRae album?

I have Carmen Sings Monk and Lover Man (the Billie Holiday tribute album) and love them both. What should I pick up next?

by Anonymousreply 3112/08/2012

I prefer any of her live albums over the studio recordings.

by Anonymousreply 112/06/2012

The albums on ATLANTIC, such as The Sound of Silence.

The cover sucks (below), but the songs and her singing -- WOW! Gloomy Monday, MacArthur Park. And a gorgeous version of a song I used to hate: Stardust.

by Anonymousreply 212/06/2012

Try this:

by Anonymousreply 312/06/2012

Her version of "The Sound of Silence" is cringe-inducing. "Stardust" is nice. And no one should sing "MacArthur Park." Ever. It should have never been written.

by Anonymousreply 412/06/2012

It's not MacArthur Park - it's another Jimmy Webb song labeled "MacArthur Park."

by Anonymousreply 512/06/2012

Oh Carmen, my favorite jazz singer piano player of all time. I must have owned 50 albums, some were reissues and compilations. My favorite was the double Great American Song book album. I think she is the most underrated jazz singer of her time. I love them lady low notes

by Anonymousreply 612/06/2012

I love just about everything she ever did. She and Sarah Vaughan were the best. I have always liked Ella too, but in my opinion, Carmen and Sarah had her beat in the voice department.

by Anonymousreply 712/06/2012

And they were close fiends and drug-booze buddies too.

by Anonymousreply 812/06/2012

She was a great force, a great supporter and friend of many talents. She had a wonderful instrument, and was deeply grounded in jazz and in her craft.

But for me she always was self-consciously presenting, pushing it. "Now I'm singing, but my mind is on a lot of things as I do it." A staginess and vague inauthenticity - sometimes the price of intelligence - creeps in. I want to love her music, but I just can't.

by Anonymousreply 912/06/2012

I'm thinking I like her earlier work best. For instance, this is better than sex:

by Anonymousreply 1012/06/2012

[R10] I wonder what year that is from, very early Carmen.

by Anonymousreply 1112/06/2012

It's from 1955 or thereabouts, I believe.

by Anonymousreply 1212/06/2012

Love to hear her version of "Baltimore Oriole"

by Anonymousreply 1312/06/2012

I like "Sarah - Dedicated to You," Carmen's tribute album to Vaughan.

by Anonymousreply 1412/06/2012

R9, you must mean Carmen's later years when she broke up each syllable of each word in every song WAY too much. I have no idea what she thought she was doing.

One of my favorite vocals of Carmen's, and she's singing it with a cold. I never quite 'believe' the singer singing this song - Blame it on My Youth - but I believe Carmen:

by Anonymousreply 1512/06/2012


by Anonymousreply 1612/06/2012

And has anyone mentioned that Carmen gay? She wasn't out, not really.

R16, you might want to learn who she was. That is, if you like good singing.

by Anonymousreply 1712/06/2012

My favorite Carmen McRae:

Alfie, 1964

Gentleman Friend, 1964

Return To Me, Baja Session

I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco, The art of CM

by Anonymousreply 1812/06/2012

Nice video:

by Anonymousreply 1912/06/2012

R16, hope you don't think you're amusing. You're just ignorant. Must be the eldergay faggot.

by Anonymousreply 2012/06/2012

Until he died Miles Davis insisted that McRae was the greatest of the great female jazz vocalists. I don't compare them--I love Ella, Billie, Carmen, and Sarah for different reasons. What I have always said about Carmen is that there is a brooding intelligence there that at its best shines light into corners of a song that you never thought existed.

Listen to her version of "Alfie." When you are pick up your jaw from the floor and move on with the rest of her recordings.

by Anonymousreply 2112/06/2012

[R9] I guess there is something wrong with me. What you describe about her broken vocals is exactly what I enjoyed, it was the subtle tension. Then I also like Shirley Horn.

by Anonymousreply 2212/06/2012

whatever one has Funky Sensation

by Anonymousreply 2312/06/2012

I'm not sure if it's a compilation, but I love every track on "Here To Stay".

by Anonymousreply 2412/07/2012

I agree with R14..."Sarah, Dedicated To You" is incredibly good. I've had it since it first came out and still listen to it frequently.

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by Anonymousreply 2612/07/2012

R21, one can learn a lot by comparing Sarah's vocals to Carmen's. For instance, in Carmen's vocal of I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life, she's sad and reflective. In Sarah's vocal of the same song, she's laughing at him.

by Anonymousreply 2712/07/2012

The Sarah Vaughan tribute was her last album, correct?

by Anonymousreply 2812/07/2012

I discovered that I really love several songs from her self-titled debut album from 1954 with the Mat Matthews Quintet and the Tony Scott Quartet; and from Torchy! (1955) and Bittersweet (1964).

by Anonymousreply 2912/07/2012

Can we talk about the fact that Carmen was a big lez?

by Anonymousreply 3012/08/2012

[R30] Not an issue that is worth talking about but go ahead and talk about it to yourself

by Anonymousreply 3112/08/2012
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