See and hear Carmen
Interview by Art Taylor
Film, Television, Radio
Friends and Fans
RECORDINGS Ė THE 1970s
Black Lion, Temponic, Catalyst, Groove Merchant, Blue Note
November Girl, 1975
The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band didn't record too often with
vocalists, so this meeting with
Carmen McRae had a
lot of potential.
McRae was likely
seeing most of these songs for the first take at the recording sessions,
since almost all are originals written by the band members. She's game and
does her best, but several tracks are badly dated by
upon using an inferior electric piano. - KEN DRYEN allmusic.com
Released on CD by Rearword, 2004
With Quincy Jones and an All-Star orchestra.
All songs composed by Bob Friedman with "Iíll Never Pass This Way Again"
as a standout.
As Time Goes By, Live at the Dug in Japan, 1973
(Also known by the title, Alone)
Just Carmen, her piano and classic songs such as "As Time Goes By," "More
Than You Know," and "Supper Time."
Ms. Jazz, 1973
With Tom Garvin and Dick Shreve on piano, Paul West on bass, Jimmy
Madison and Frank Severino on drums, Larry Bunker on vibes and percussion,
Zoot Sims on tenor saxophone, Joe Pass and Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar.
Carmen veers away from the standard repertory to include two tracks by
Stevie Wonder (Example: "You
Sunshine of My Life") plus other contemporary selections, making for a vibrant and
Reissued on CD by Groove Merchant in 1990
It Takes a Whole Lot of Human Feeling, 1973
With Dick Shreve on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Larry Bunker, vibes and
percussion, Frank Severino, on drums, and Joe Pass on guitar
Carmen adds two songs by Blossom Dearie "Hey John" and "Inside a Silent
Tear" (both standouts) to her selection of standards.
Reissued on CD by Laserlight with 3 additional tracks under the title
Carmen McRae, The Jazz Collector Edition, 1991
Reissues and Collections
Velvet Soul, 2001
Reissue of Miss Jazz and It Takes a Whole Lot of Human Feeling
on LRC. Reissue previously released by Delta in 1996.
I Am Music, 1975
Dave Grusin, Frank Collett, keyboards; Dennis Budimir, guitar; John
Gianelli, bass; Spider Webb, John Guerin, drums; Emil Richards, vibes,
percussion; and string section.
An adventurous selection of ten songs, five with lyrics by Alan & Marilyn
Bergman, including a spoken piece, "Who Gave You Permission," and the
poignant ballads "Live a Lover" and "I Have the Feeling Iíve Been Here
At the Great American Music Hall, 1976
Marshall Otwell, piano; Ed Bennett, bass; and Joey Baron, drums; with
trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie guesting on some selections.
"Carmen McRae has always shined on stage, and this fine account of her
1976 three-night stand at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco
proves the point. Couched in that stellar Blue Note sound, McRae ranges far
and wide on a set of standards. And McRae not only spices things up with an
impressive reading of the bossa nova standard "Dindi," but she even goes
completely out of her expected domain with a version of the
Alice Cooper ballad
"Only Woman Bleed" ó interesting, to say the least. Surprisingly, though,
she turns this FM hit into one of the most effective performances here. The
whole recording is remarkable, for that matter. And this, no doubt, can be
traced to the McRae's choice of backing, which includes the venerable
Dizzy Gillespie on
trumpet and future drumming heavyweight
Joey Baron." Ė
STEPHEN COOK ,allmusic.com
Reissued on double CD by Toshiba EMI of Japan, 1994
Canít Hide Love, 1976
Arrangers:Gerald Wilson, Johnny Mandell, Larry Carlton, Thad Jones, and
Dale Oihler. Concert master:Gerry Vinci, David Frisina
Only two of the ten selections are standards. While not all the
contemporary tunes are successful, "All By
Myself" and "Lost up in Loving
You" have that Carmen touch of drama.
Reissued by Blue Note on CD in 1993
Live at Ronnie Scott's, 1977
Marshall Otwell, piano; John Giannelle bass; and Joey Baron,
Eight strandards plus two "pop" songs she added to her repertory in
this period, "Evergreen" and "With One More Look at You."
(An example of a dramatic Carmen endng.)
The Best of Carmen Mcrae, 1995, Blue Note
Selections from the above three albums plus the LPs, Blue Note Meets the
L.A. Philarmonic, 1977, and Blue Note at the Roxy, 1976