High Quality 180g Vinyl LP!
Re-mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering!
In this stunning LP, Carmen McRae pays homage to her friend and idol, Billie
With her strong alto, huge range, and ability to change moods, McRae varies her
sound throughout, sometimes sounding deliberately gravelly, then switching to
softly sweet and romantic, matching the timbre of the instruments accompanying
her. She alternates her tempo from slow and dramatic to lively, jazzy, flirty,
or intimate. Always, she and the musicians accompanying her are in perfect sync,
both in interpreting the lyrics and improvising with the melodies.
Every song is a winner. "Them There Eyes," begins with McRae singing off-rhythm,
accompanied by a simple bass (Bob Cranshaw) and drums (Walter Perkins) before
the sax (Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis) enters. "I'm Gonna Lock My Heart," is the
happiest, with McRae hitting some surprising high notes. "Miss Brown to You,"
swings in a loose, flirty manner, and "I Cried for You" features McRae sounding
like a muted trumpet and wailing. "Lover Man" is wonderfully bluesy, with a
toe-tapping rhythm and improvisation, while "A Little Moonlight," with great
piano (Norman Simmons), sax (Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis) and trumpet (Nat Adderley)
solos, is wild and impassioned.
"Yesterdays,"...begins as a slow, harshly melancholy song with sensitive piano
background, then suddenly pauses slightly in the middle, and shifts to a faster,
jazzier, more rhythmic line in which McRae is up and down and all over the
scale. "Strange Fruit," one of Holiday's signature songs, is finely articulated,
and McRae's phrasing and ironically sweet tones give even more emphasis to the
horrifying lyrics as Mundell Lowe's guitar provides the mournful accompaniment.
"God Bless the Child," written by Holiday, is slow and intimate, and as McRae
phrases the story, her wailing adds poignancy to the lyrics.
Blessed with a voice and style that naturally adapts to any kind of jazz, along
with the ability to articulate lyrics with perfect enunciation and phrasing,
McRae is the consummate musician here. Singing some of Billie Holiday's best
songs, and accompanied by world class artists with whom she is totally in sync,
McRae in this LP is as good as it gets. - By Mary Whipple
• High quality 180g Vinyl LP
• Re-mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
• Made in the U.K.
Carmen McRae, vocals
Nat Adderley, cornet
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, tenor sax
Mundell Lowe, guitar
Norman Simmons, piano
Bob Cranshaw, bass
Walter Perkins, drums
1. Them There Eyes
3. I'm Gonna Lock My Heart
4. Strange Fruit
5. Miss Brown To You
6. My Man
1. I Cried For You
2. Lover Man
3. Trav'lin' Light
4. Some Other Spring
5. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
6. God Bless The Child