The Complete KAPP Recordings (3 LPs on 2 CDs)
  • Kapp KS3001
    Kapp KS3001
  • Kapp KS3018
    Kapp KS3018
  • Kapp KS3053
    Kapp KS3053
  • Carmen McRae
    Carmen McRae

Carmen McRae

The Complete KAPP Recordings (3 LPs on 2 CDs)

Fresh Sound Records

Carmen McRae (vcl), with Frank Hunter, Luther Henderson, Jr. & Ernie Wilkins Orchestras, including Art Farmer (tp), Jimmy Cleveland, Billy Byers (tb), Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Budd Johnson (saxes), Dick Katz (p), Tommy Williams (b), Floyd Williams (d)

Reference: FSRCD 677_2

Bar code: 8427328606776

There have been many attempts to describe Carmen McRaes ballad mastery, but perhaps she gave the most succinct explanation: Experience and emotion take over when I sing. I try to convince the audience of what I am singing about. I try to entertain the people, not just myself.

This release contains the three albums she recorded for the Kapp label which revealed her full maturity as a singer: Book of Ballads, and the soulful When Youre Awaytwo brilliant sets, each an impeccable testimony to her pre-eminence in modern songand Something to Swing About, a finger-snapping selection of up tempo swinging arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, featuring a group of outstanding jazz soloists, with McRae, in fine form, showing why she was considered to be one of the few original stylists of her time. She was a singer blessed with a unique sound and exquisite taste.

CD 1

01. By Myself
02. The Thrill Is Gone
03. How Long Has This Been Going On?
04. Do You Know Why?
05. My Romance
06. Isnt It Romantic?
07. If Love Is Good to Me
08. When I Fall In Love
09. Please Be Kind
10. He Was Too Good to Me
11. Angel Eyes
12. Something I Dreamed Last Night
13. When Youre Away
14. The More I See You
15. I Only Have Eyes for You
16. Willingly (Melodie Perdue)
17. If I Could Be with You
(One Hour Tonight)
18. Ill Be Seeing You

CD 2

01. I Concentrate on You
02. Aint Misbehavin
(Im Savin My Love for You)
03. Evry Time We Say Goodbye
04. When Your Lover Has Gone
05. Im Glad There Is You
06. Two Faces in the Dark
07. Three Little Words
08. I Couldnt Care Less
09. Thats for Me
10. (How Little It Matters)
How Little We Know
11. You Leave Me Breathless
12. Its Love
13. Love Is a Simple Thing
14. Comes Love
15. A Sleepin Bee
16. I See Your Face Before Me
17. Alone Together
18. Falling In Love with Love

Album details

Original sources:

CD 1, tracks #1-12 from the Kapp album
"Book of Ballads" (KS3001)

CD 1, tracks #13-18 & CD 2, tracks #1-6
from the Kapp album "When You're Away"

CD 2, tracks #7-18 from the Kapp album
"Something to Swing About" (KS3053)

Press reviews

"Carmen McRaes "The Complete Kapp Recordings" (FSR 677), a two-CD set that has all of the music from three albums cut during 1958-59 with arrangements for the orchestras by Frank Hunter, Luther Henderson and Ernie Wilkins. Whether on ballads or swingers, McRae (whose voice was higher than it would become later on) shows that she was already a superb jazz singer; listen to her phrasing on Aint Misbehavin."

Scott Yanow -Los Angeles Jazz Scene (April, 2012)


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