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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
If you love "smoky room" type jazz, you must own this record
15 August 1999 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
I have been a fan of Carmen Mcrae since my teens. I have recordings of her with Dave Brubeck at Basin Street East(I'm dating myself!) and at the Great American Music Festival in San Francisco. This, however is an entiely diffrent matter. I found this album in a discount bin many years ago, and it is still one of my favorite recordings. If you love jazz, particularly female vocalists, you must have this collection of standards, performed live in a Japanese nightclub in 1973. Ms. Mcrae is accompained by herself on piano, and is in fantastic voice. The choice of songs is amazing and her phrasing of each song make you believe she had lived through each one of them. Though her piano playing is very basic, and sometimes a little rough-edged, it adds to the very personal nature of this recording and I highly recommend it! Two particulaly great cuts are "Last time for love" and "Please be kind". Turn down the lights, grab a glass of wine and some one you enjoy kissing, and enjoy it!!!
Don't You Just Love Carmen!
26 February 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording which was taped live in 1973 is Carmen's best recording ever! The entire CD is packed with slow and melodic ballads. Carmen does an outstanding job at singing and interpreting each song with extremely deep-felt emotion. (Which comes to no surprise at all.). 'As Time Goes By' is an exceptionally great song on this CD. She sings it with such assurance and captures the very essence of the song by her perfect tone and pitch. Carmen sings 'I Could Have Told You So' as if she's gone through the described situation a million times! But, the best song on this CD, in my opinion, is 'Suppertime'. Carmen's sorrow-filled and booming voice clearly should have won this performance an Academy Award! She portrays such feeling and compassion. This song is absolutely remarkable. Carmen accompanies herself during the whole recording, and she once quoted, "What better accompanist can there be than one who accompanies herself?". Her statement is very true. Not only does it add to the very personal nature of this recording, but it also gives us (her fans) a better glimpse of what the "real" Carmen was all about. It's as if she said when she was making this recording, "What you see is what you get. Take it or leave it." I truly recommend this CD. I've never heard anything like it before. Listen to it when you want to think, when you want to concentrate, when you want to relax, when you want to be romantic,...when you want to her Carmen's voice. This recording is absolutely flawless, and as time goes by, it seems to get better and better...