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Carmen McRae

Singer Carmen McRae was a protegee of Billie Holiday but soon grew beyond that early influence to develop her own distinctive musical personality. Singer Christine Tobin joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights from the more than 60 albums that McRae made before her death in 1994.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 3 Oct 2009 16:00


Music Played

  • Carmen McRae


    Composer: Scott Performers: Carmen McRae (vocals), Tony Scott (piano). December 1953

    • First Sessions.
    • Fresh Sound.
    • 477 Tr 8.
  • Carmen Mcrae with Ralph Burns Orchestra

    Mr Meadowlark

    Composer: Mercer Performers: Carmen McRae (vocals), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Irv Markovitz (trumpet), Dick Berg, Donald Corrado, Fred Klein, Tony Miranda (French horn), Don Abney (piano), Mundell Lowe (guitar), Aaron Bell (bass), Ted Sommer (drums), Ralph Burns (director)

    • Complete Ralph Burns Sessions with Ben Webster.
    • Lonehill Jazz.
    • 11122 Tr 5.
  • Carmen McRae

    My Funny Valentine

    Composer: Rodgers/Hart Performers: Carmen McRae (vocals), Ray Bryant (piano), Ike Isaacs (bass), Specs Wright (drums). 6 March 1957

    • Complete Recordings with Ray Bryant.
    • Gambit.
    • 69204 Tr 3.
  • Carmen McRae

    That Old Black Magic

    Composer: Arlen, Mercer Performers: Carmen McRae (vocals), Marshal Otwell (piano), Jim Anderson (bass), Mark Pulice (drums). 1981

    • Live at Bubba's.
    • Who's Who In Jazz.
    • Tr 1.
  • Carmen McRae

    I'm an Errand Girl for Rhythm

    Composer: Cole Performers: Carmen McRae (vocals), Marshall Otwell (piano), John Collins (guitar), John Leftwhich (bass), Donald Bailey (drums). Nov 1983

    • You're Looking at Me (A Collection of Nat King Cole Songs).
    • Concord.
    • 4235 Tr 1.
  • Carmen McRae

    I'm Glad There is You

    Composer: Dorsey Performers: Carmen McRae (vocals), Clifford Jordan (tenor sax), Eric Gunnison (piano), John Collins (guitar),

    • Any Old Time.
    • Savoy/Denon (Japanese import).
    • 1216 Tr 12.
  • Carmen McRae

    What Can I Say After I've Said I'm Sorry

    Composer: Donaldson/Lymann Performers: Carmen McRae (vocals), Red Hollowoay (reeds), Jack McDuff (organ), Phil Upchurch (guitar), John Clayton (bass), Paul Humphrey (drums). Dec 1987

    • Fine and Mellow: Live at Birdland West.
    • Concord.
    • 4342 Tr 2.
  • Carmen McRae

    Little Butterfly

    Composer: Thelonious Monk Performers: Carmen McRae (vocals), Clifford Jordan, Charlie Rouse (reeds), Eric Gunnison, Larry Willis (pianos), George Mraz (bass), Al Foster (drums). April 1988

    • Carmen Sings Monk.
    • Sony/Bluebird First Editions.
    • 749038 Tr 6.
  • Carmen McRae and Betty Carter - Sometimes I'm Happy

    Composer: Caesar/Youmans Performers: Carmen McRae/Betty Carter (vocals), Eric Gunnison (piano), Jim Hughart (bass), Winard Harper (drums). Jan/Feb 1987

  • Carmen McRae


    Composer: Garner Performers: Carmen McRae (vocals), Shirley Horn (piano), Charles Ables (bass), Steve Williams (drums). Oct 1990.

    • Sarah: Dedicated to You.
    • Sony/Bluebird First Editions.
    • Tr 3.


  • Sat 3 Oct 2009 16:00