The Complete Ralph Burns Sessions
Two complete albums on 1 CD including 8 Bonus Tracks!
This stunning release showcases the legendary McRae in top form shortly after winning Down Beats Annual Critics poll for New Vocal Star of 1954 and Metronomes 1954 Singer of the Year Award.
This edition combines several outstanding sessions by Carmen McRae dating between December 1955 and August 1958 under the musical direction of the brilliant arranger and conductor Ralph Burns. Armed with an orchestra boasting a 10-piece string section,
Burns subtle and evocative charts provide a strong yet delicate support that gracefully enhances the vocalists talents without ever overpowering her.
I tried to write arrangements that would lend Carmen the freedom to be fully expressive. What we had in mind was the loose,relaxed quality typical of a party where pressure is non-existent, and a singer can sing to suit herself.
The addition of guest soloist tenor saxophonist Ben Webster who for contractual reasons recorded here under the pseudonym A Tenorman brought another dimension to the magical quality of these recordings. His breathy and expressive sound proves the perfect counterpoint to McRaes versatile and passionate vocal style.
November 10, 1994 marks the 10-year anniversary of the death of Carmen McRae. One of the finest singers of any genre, this release pays homage to her life and to her unparalleled musical legacy.
01. Last Night When We Were Young 2:38
02. Midnight Sun 3:45
03. Yesterdays 3:35
04. Good Morning Heartache 3:21
05. Mr. Meadowlark 2:42
06. Skylark 3:00
07. Bye Bye Blackbird 3:25
08. Flamingo 3:43
09. A nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square 4:56
10. When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano 2:33
11. His Eye Is On The Sparrow 3:19
12. The Eagle And Me 2:45
13. When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin Along 2:27
14. Bob White 2:55
15. Baltimore Oriole 3:51
16. Chicken Today and Feathers Tomorrow 3:11
17. Speak Low* 3:08
18. But Beautiful* 2:55
19. If Youd Stay The Way I Dream About You* 2:45
20. My Future Just Passed* 3:16
21. Well Be Together Again* 3:04
22. Im A Dreamer, Arent We All* 2:46
23. Star Eyes* 3:18
24. I Dont Stand A Ghost Of a Chance With You* 3:13
* Bonus Tracks
Total Time: 75:33 min.
Recorded in New York, 1955 & 1958
Only previously available on Limited Japanese Edition.