Carmen McRae In London

Carmen McRae
FORMAT: Audio CD - Disc
Release date: 14 Oct 2014



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Back then it was rare for Carmen McRae to record outside New York, let alone the USA, but in May 1961 the legendary jazz vocalist did just that, at the legendary Flamingo Club in London, and Ember captured this rare event on tape for the album Carmen McRae In London, released June 1962 (NR 5000). With a trio comprising Los Angeles-born pianist Don Abney (who had accompanied McRae on sessions since 1958) and two Brits: bassist Kenny Napper and celebrated drummer Phil Seaman, Carmen interprets eleven standards in her distinctive style, and these performances are highly rated among cognoscenti. However, this was no one-take concert performance, as has sometimes been stated. With characteristic perfectionism, McRae performed several takes of many of the numbers, to the delight of the audience (“I goofed again” she admit at the end of Loverman), and in the course of revisiting the original tapes for this digital-only reissue, we have mastered eight alternate takes. In some cases the differences are small, but in others distinctive, like I Could Write A Book and the version of A Foggy Day (In London Town) with no solo from Seaman. A fascinating insight into one of the most influential of jazz vocalists.



  1. I Could Write a Book
  2. Body and Soul
  3. Thou Swell
  4. Round Midnight
  5. A Foggy Day in London Town
  6. Don't Ever Leave Me
  7. Moonlight in Vermont
  8. Day in, Day Out
  9. Loverman
  10. Stardust
  11. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  12. I Could Write a Book (Outtake)
  13. Body and Soul (Outtake)
  14. Thou Swell (Outtake)
  15. Round Midnight (Outtake)
  16. A Foggy Day in London Town (Outtake, No Drum Solo)
  17. Loverman (Outtake)
  18. Stardust (Outtake)
  19. They Can't Take That Away from Me (Outtake)