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Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man And Other Billie Holiday Classics
 
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Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man And Other Billie Holiday Classics

1 Jan. 2013 | Format: MP3

£5.49 (VAT included if applicable)
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  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2013
  • Label: Marathon Media International Ltd.
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Marathon Media Internationall Ltd
  • Total Length: 39:19
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  • ASIN: B00ANGYGG0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2006
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In this stunning CD, Carmen McRae pays homage to her friend and idol, Billie Holiday, singing the twelve songs on the original album, plus two bonus tracks--"If the Moon Turns Green," sung as a wonderfully slow ballad, and Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song," with its slower than usual pacing.
With her strong alto, huge range, and ability to change moods, McRae varies her sound throughout the CD, 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," my favorite, 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.
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