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5.0 out of 5 stars
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on 25 February 2009
These two ladies are among the greatest vocal stylists of jazz, quite remarkable when listened separately; together they are AMAZING...
With a more than competent rhythm section lead by the pianist Eric Gunnison, they wail, scat, swing, bop, sway, swoon, crack and glimmer,
interacting magnificently, inspiring each other for brilliant flights of fancy...

Carmen McRae's and Betty Carter's rhythmical extravaganzas of "It don't mean a thing" and "Sometimes I'm happy" carry the day on the first listening of the CD (at least in my case), but on second (and third and fourth...) listening the less extrovert performances start to shine in their full light as well... Carter is the more flexible and subtle one, McRae the more boppish and emotionally powerful one in this dynamic duo.

Expanding the original album with few additional performances without Betty (from the same sessions)is very welcome, for Carmen McRae delivers on her own as well, but the album of DUETS is for the jazz hall of fame in my (more or less humble) opinion...

Essential!
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