Carmen McRae

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    Carmen McRae (1920-1994)

    JH: Carmen is pure jazz! She has exceptional quality – she’s a fine pianist and an excellent musician. Her prime influences are Billie and Sarah Vaughan, even though she’s a year or two older than Sarah. Even when she’s singing popular songs, she’s such a natural jazz musician, so subtle and sophisticated that she’s never broken through to a wider audience. She’s still a cult figure on the jazz circuit. Her sense of time and her intonation are suberb. She’s great.
    IC: Does she scat-sing?
    JH: Yes, and she does it in a very special way – every note hit truly and with such precision that it seems to be separate from the others. There’s a musician who plays like that – with each note defined separately … I’m trying to remember who it is …
    IC: You mean the trumpeter, Art Farmer?
    JH: That’s right! Art Farmer … she sings like Art plays – very precisely, very deliberately.

    „Stimme für Stimme: Eine Hörwanderung mit Jazzsängerinnen. Ian Carr unterhält sich mit Jon Hendricks“, in: du, Nr. 614, 4/1992, S. 46-62 & 89, hier S. 54

    A Foggy Day (Stardust, 1953 – split LP w/Ivie Anderson) * * *
    Carmen McRae (Bethlehem, 1954 – 10″) * * *1/2
    By Special Request (Decca, 1955) * * * *
    At Newport (Verve, 1957 – CB bonus on split album by Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday) * * *1/2
    Birds of a Feather (Decca, 1958) * * * *
    Dave Brubeck Quartet with guest star Carmen McRae: Tonight Only! (Columbia, 1960) * * *1/2
    Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics (Columbia, 1961) * * * *1/2
    Carmen McRae & Clarke-Boland Big Band: November Girl (Black Lion/Rearward, 1970) * * * *
    The Great American Songbook (Atlantic, live 1972) * * * * *
    Carmen Sings Monk (RCA Novus, 1988) * * * *1/2

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