See and hear Carmen
NY Times Obit
RECORDINGS – THE 1980s
Buddah, Concord, Denon, GAMH, Novus
I’m Coming Home Again, 1981
At the opposite end of the jazz spectrum from her trio albums, this is one of Carmen’s best recordings, every song ((gleaned from the contemporary repertoire rather than the standard songbook) a gem delivered with emotion and verve. Example: "I Won't Last a Day Without You."
Reissued on CD by Unidisc in 1994
Live at Bubba’s, 1981
"The album, recorded the last night of a two-week engagement, is a
potpourri of Carmen McRae, with her mesmerizing style that flirts with the
melody of every turn, but still keeps a jazzy distance. Two highlights stand
out in a glittering evening: 'Send in the Clowns"' and 'New York State of
Mind.' Each presents a different side of the singer who has never forsaken
her jazz roots despite repeated commercial pressure to dilute her music for
a mass market."
Two for the Road, with George Shearing, 1980
Reissued on CD in 1992 (with a different cover).
Heat Wave, with Cal Tjader, 1982
"This is not simply a Brazilian anthology. It has a merengue cut
("Love"), touches of cha-cha, mamba and other rhythmic subdivisions that
come under the heading of Latin Americana...Another source of the
production’s success is the wide-ranging choice of songs, - from unfamiliar
melodies to old standards and new material gleaned from Latin, pop, jazz and
rock sources." Example: "Besame
You’re Lookin’ at Me, a collection of Nat King Cole songs, 1983
With Marshall Otwell on piano, John Leftwich on bass, Donald Bailey on
drums, and John Collins on guitar.
Reissued on CD in 1990
Live at Birdland West, 1988
"This is a total jazz recording, not just an accompanied singer’s album.
Soloists, as well as the singer, stay mellow, never competing or trying to
overpower. (Example: 'Fine and Mellow')
Carmen lets her hair down with 'My Handy Man Ain’t Handy No
Concord Reissues and Collections
Ballad Essentials, Concord, 1999
This compilation contains tracks from each of Carmen’s Concord releases, making for a varied collection of Carmen’s specialty, ballads.
Any Old Time, 1987
"Because of the unlimited affection we Japanese fans of jazz vocal have
for Carmen, 1986 was a special wonderful year for us –not only because of
this fine album Any Old Time, but also because we had not one but two
chances to see her here in Japan in person. The first was during her
performance tour in April; then, four months later in August, she performed
at the Mr. Fuji Jazz Festival ’86. In that scenic location with Mt. Fuji and
Lake Yamanaka as background, she excited the audience of thousands.
Issued on CD, 1993
GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL
Duets, Carmen McRae-Betty Carter, 1988
Eric Gunnison, bassist
Jim Hughart and drummer
Issued on both LP and CD by GAMH in 1994
"'Dear Ruby (Ruby, My Dear)' and 'Listen to Monk (Rhythm-A-Ning)' are among the highpoints of the essential and very delightful CD. An inspired idea and one of the best recordings of Carmen McRae's career." - SCOTT YANOW allmusic.com
Issued on LP and CD by Novus in 1990
Sarah—Dedicated To You, 1991
Issued on CD in 1991.
"I consider myself a very fortunate woman. I have lived in an era that
contained Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Tho 'Lady' has always
been my mentor, 'Sass"' was also a phenomenon. She took the art of
improvisation and did it better than anybody. Plus Sarah was blessed with
the best voice ever. I, like many others, have always considered the human
voice to be another instrument. And no one proved that better than Sarah.
What glorious sounds she made!!! What great happiness she gave!
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