- Satin Doll
- At Long Last Love
- If the Moon Turns Green
- Day by Day
- What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
- I Only Have Eyes for You
- Medley: Easy Living/The Days of Wine and Roses/It's Impossible
- A Song for You
- I Cried for You
- Behind the Face
- The Ballad of Thelonious Monk
- There's No Such Thing as Love
- (They Long to Be) Close to You
- Three Little Words
- Mr. Ugly
- It's Like Reaching for the Moon
- I Thought About You
On this popular two-LP set, singer Carmen McRae interprets songs by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand, Warren & Dubin, Henry Mancini, and Jimmy Van Heusen, among others, but it is her rendition of a humorous Jimmy Rowles novelty ("The Ballad of Thelonious Monk") that is best remembered. Joined by pianist Rowles, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Chuck Domanico, and drummer Chuck Flores, McRae had what was at the time a rare opportunity to record a live, spontaneous, jazz-oriented set. She sounds quite enthusiastic about both her accompaniment and the strong repertoire, which includes "At Long Last Love," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Sunday," "I Cried for You," and "I Thought About You."
Performance CreditsCarmen McRae Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Chuck Flores Drums
Joe Pass Guitar
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Chuck Domanico Bass
Technical CreditsMichel Legrand Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Jack Rael Producer
Carmen McRae Liner Notes
Gene Paul Remixing
Ray Thompson Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Great American Songbook based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is the best album of Carmen McRae (as she always told) and one of the best recorded live performances of all times. Pure singing, pure joy, pure interaction between blessed musicians. There are a few very rare gems (''Mr. Ugly'') and a lot of very special readings of great standards (''Satin doll'', ''If the moon turns green''). Most of all: There is the electrifying guitar-guru Joe Pass.