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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00007KKNQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on 10 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Carmen Mc Rae was a greats singer, but I actually like her late work as much (and occasionally even more) than her 50s work - and only one number on this CD is not from the 50s!

Naturally, the reasons for the sellection are to a great extent contractual (I suppose that only the tracks associated with Verve /a Universal company/ and the associated companies are included), but instead of really corny Frank Hunter's arrangement (and suffocated singing) on "Do You Know Why", I'd really prefer to have a song from Carmen's brilliant tribute to Thelonious Monk, recorded for another great label - Carmen Sings Monk... And I'm quite sure she had other great recordings after 50s I'm not acquainted with. In her later years her voice gained on roughness, menace and irony what it lost in flexibility (if you ask my humble opinion).

"That Old Devil Moon" (from 1987, with Eric Gunnison at the piano) is the only track on this compillation that proves that much is missing from this, otherwise very nice introduction to Carmen's art (and to her pop-jazz side as well...)...

And yes - there are many great recordings on this album, among my favourites are definitively "Skylark" and "Bye-Bye Blackbird", recorded with Ralph Burn's orchestra and the tracks with Ernie Wilkins' orchestra are not bad as well (to say the least)...
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Maybe not as famous as Ella or Billie or Dinah. But the melodies are heard here performed very well and with the natural tone that characterized her. With good accompaniment and good arrangements. Is a compilation. Very good for those who love this kind of music.

Quizás no tan famosa como Ella o Dinah o Billie. Pero las melodías escuchadas aquí son interpretadas muy bien y con el tono natural que le caracterizaba. Con buen acompañamiento y buenos arreglos. Es una compilación. Muy bueno para los amantes de este tipo de música.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Diva Who Not Only Knew How to Use Her Voice But Had a Gorgeous Instrument to Begin With 27 Feb. 2008
By Caponsacchi - Published on Amazon.com
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I came to jazz after Billie's death and just as Nancy Wilson was beginning to make her mark--at a time when the top 3 divas in jazz (as supported by fans and critics polls) were consistently Ella, Sarah and Carmen, from 1 to 3. Carmen made her appearance slightly after the other two, beginning with strings-plus-vocal dates that were the order of the day, before a breakout jazz set--"Live at Sugar Hill"--in the early '60s. Many listeners, Carmen fans among them, don't realize what a complete singer she once was--possessing not only the interpretive gifts of a great actress but a nearly equally impressive voice. This collection is valuable if only because it sets the record straight, revealing a Carmen McRae before she started showing the effects of a tobacco addiction.

She was always rightfully recognized as one of the top 3-4 jazz singers and interpreters of the American Songbook, but by the early '70s her once-lovely soprano (and song keys) had dropped considerably, and she lacked the breath support that once allowed her to draw out a phrase, finishing it off with a warm, glowing vibrato (the vibrato would desert her, and her voice began to evidence little to no "body" when she sang softly). Give credit to the interpretive abilities and all-around musicianship that enabled her to "work around" if not hide the harmful effects of smoking. On this recording, you're able to hear both strengths of Carmen--her ability to deliver a lyric convincingly and the stirring and seductive vocal quality that perhaps many listeners are unaware of.

A revealing contrast is her performance of "Any Old Time" (composed by Artie Shaw for Billie Holiday) on this occasion with the performance of the same tune almost 30 years later (mid to late 80s) on a disc of the same title. Both are excellent, though the later recording requires her to "punch" individual notes and work more carefully with her rhythm section. As for "All the Things You Are," which she handles here with the required sustained legatos along with dramatic phrasing and incisive articulations, that's a number that would be out of reach for her by the mid 70s.

In all fairness, perhaps the "dirty habit" doesn't deserve all the blame. Ella's voice began to wobble in the '70s, and Sarah (also a smoker), though she retained her formidable range, employed an artificial, faux-opera falsetto to attain the heights she formerly had reached without strain or artifice. Not all but perhaps most vocalists are like vintage wine, and a listener is best advised to attend to time periods as much as the singer before expressing a preference or judgment about the artist. Don't take the ratings at All-Music Guide too seriously. Pick up "Live at Sugar Hill" or "Boy Meets Girl" with Carmen and Sammy Davis Jr. (who's delightful as a foil to Carmen and absolutely dominating as a soloist on the "Porgy and Bess" numbers). "Carmen McRae Sings The American Songbook" from the early seventies is a swinging live set by Carmen, sparked by the guitar of Joe Pass, but the voice is not the radiant, vibrant one we hear on McRae circa 1950 and 1960. Of her late recordings, "Any Old Time" (which includes tenor giant Clifford Jordan) is, in my opinion, the most consistently satisfying, though her even later tribute to Sarah Vaughan is more successful than I had anticipated, with no small amount of credit due to the supportive piano accompaniment of Shirley Horn.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Carmen, a true diva, mostly from the 50s 10 Jun. 2008
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First of all, let me compliment mr. Chell's review of this album - it is well informed (to say the least) and very useful...

However, my opinion differs slightly; I actually like late Carmen Mc Rae as much (and occasionally even more) than 50s Carmen - and only one number on this CD is not from the 50s!

Naturally, the reasons for the sellection are to a great extent contractual (I suppose that only the tracks associated with Verve /a Universal company/ and the associated companies are included), but instead of really corny Frank Hunter's arrangement (and suffocated singing) on "Do You Know Why", I'd really prefer to have a song from Carmen's brilliant tribute to Thelonious Monk, recorded for another great label - Carmen Sings Monk... And I'm quite sure she had other great recordings after 50s I'm not acquainted with. In her later years her voice gained on roughness, menace and irony what it lost in flexibility (if you ask my humble opinion).

"That Old Devil Moon" (from 1987, with Eric Gunnison at the piano) is the only track on this compillation that proves that much is missing from this, otherwise very nice introduction to Carmen's art (and to her pop-jazz side as well...)...

And yes - there are many great recordings on this album, among my favourites are definitively "Skylark" and "Bye-Bye Blackbird", recorded with Ralph Burn's orchestra and the tracks with Ernie Wilkins' orchestra are not bad as well (to say the least)...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awesome 22 Jan. 2012
By DrummerGirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Carmen McRae has the most interesting interpretations and one of the best jazz voices of all time. The "Diva" series is nicely mastered and a pleasure to listen to.
Four Stars 26 Feb. 2015
By George!! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love her songs
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