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Carmen McRae - The Great American Songbook
A2Satin Doll
A3At Long Last Love
A4If The Moon Turns Green
A5Day By Day
A6What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
A7I Only Have Eyes For You
B1Medley: Introduction/easy Living/the Days Of The Wine & Roses/it's Impossible
B4A Song For You
B5I Cried For You Now It's Your Turn To Cry For Me
C2Behind The Face
C4The Ballad Of Thelonious Monk
C5There's No Such Thing As Love
D1They Long To Be Close To You
D2Three Little Words
D4Mr. Ugly
D5It's Like Reaching For The Moon
D6I Thought About You

Carmen McRae
The Great American Songbook

Pure Pleasure | Item No: 508020
Vinyl 2LP | 1972 / UK – Reissue | New
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This is a gem of an album and one of my favorites by McRae. It was recorded live for Atlantic Records at Donte's Club in Los Angeles on November 6, 1971 and released the following year.
What I love is not only the choice of songs, but the sound quality and the performance itself. The set not only contains established standards by Ellington, Cole Porter and the other greats, but some new (at the time) material. Including Burt Bacharach's "They Long To Be Close To You" in the set was a wise decision in my opinion. It deserves to be a standard. Of course there is the obligatory Billie Holiday song that McRae would include in all of her performances. On this album it's "I Cried For You", which was one of Billie's first recordings in 1936.
The sound quality is superb. The engineer managed to capture not only the energy from the live performance, but the richness of the ensemble backing McRae. Indeed, the musicians backing her are perfect for the material: Jimmy Rowles on piano (who wrote the "Ballad" of Thelonious Monk), Joe Pass on guitar, Chuck Domanico on bass and Chuck Flores on drums.
If you love hearing some of the best songs from the Great American Songbook performed by a master this album will delight you. There is a cohesiveness to the album that earns kudos from the production team as well as the performers. Interestingly McRae and her ensemble performed 32 songs the night that this was recorded. One can only speculate as to why a volume 2 wasn't released. Regardless, this is - in my opinion - some of McRae's best live material.
Mike Tarrani

Recording: November 1971 live at Donte's, Los Angeles CA., by Ray Thompson
Production: Jack Rael
Item Details
Item No:508020
Artist:Carmen McRae
Titel:The Great American Songbook
Label:Pure Pleasure
Katalog-Nr:Pure Pleasure SD2-904
Format:Vinyl 2LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing:UK – Reissue
Release Date:1972
Genre:Organic Grooves
Style:Jazz / Fusion
Available since:12.12.2016
Price:39,99 €
Weight:500g (plus 250g Packaging)
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