The Great American Songbook, Vol. 1

The Great American Songbook, Vol. 1

by Carmen McRae


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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."

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.