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Carmen McRae|Carmen Sings Monk

Carmen Sings Monk

Carmen McRae

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Carmen McRae, a good friend of Thelonious Monk, sang 13 of his songs (two of which are also heard in different live versions) on this memorable project. Half of the lyrics are by Jon Hendricks, while the remainder were written by Abbey Lincoln ("Blue Monk"), Bernie Hanighen, Sally Swisher, or Mike Ferro. On all but the two concert performances, McRae is assisted by tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, pianist Eric Gunnison, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Al Foster; Mraz's solos are particularly impressive, although everyone is in sensitive form. The live recordings give listeners two more chances to acknowledge the uniqueness of tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse's tone. As for McRae, her phrasing has rarely sounded better than on this classic set, and it is a particular pleasure to hear her interpret the intelligent lyrics and unusual melodies. "Dear Ruby" ("Ruby, My Dear") and "Listen to Monk" ("Rhythm-A-Ning") are among the high points of the essential and very delightful CD. An inspired idea and one of the best recordings of Carmen McRae's career.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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1
Get It Straight (Remastered 2001)
00:03:55

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Sally Swisher, Lyricist - Carmen McRae, Performer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Leslie Ann Jones, Recording Engineer - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Larry Willis, Piano

(P)1990 BMG Music

2
Dear Ruby (Remastered 2001)
00:05:59

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Sally Swisher, Lyricist - Carmen McRae, Performer - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P)1990 BMG Music

3
It's Over Now (Remastered 2001)
00:05:29

Al Foster, Drums - Mike Ferro, Lyricist - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Carmen McRae, Performer - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P)1990 BMG Music

4
Monkery's The Blues (Remastered 2001)
00:04:55

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Carmen McRae, Performer - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Abbey Lincoln, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P)1990 BMG Music

5
You Know Who (Remastered 2001)
00:03:30

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Carmen McRae, Performer - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Coleman Hawkins, Lyricist - Coleman Hawkins, Composer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P)1990 BMG Music

6
Little Butterfly (Remastered 2001)
00:05:14

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Carmen McRae, Performer - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Jon Hendricks, Composer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P)1990 BMG Music

7
Listen To Monk (Remastered 2001)
00:03:08

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Carmen McRae, Performer - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Jon Hendricks, Composer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P)1990 BMG Music

8
How I Wish... (Remastered 2001)
00:04:53

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Bass - Carmen McRae, Vocal - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Clifford Jordan, Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P)1990 BMG Music

9
Man, That Was A Dream (Remastered 2001)
00:02:53

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Bass - Carmen McRae, Vocal - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Jon Hendricks, Composer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Clifford Jordan, Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P)1990 BMG Music

10
'Round Midnight (Remastered 2001)
00:06:32

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Bass - Carmen McRae, Vocal - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Cootie Williams, Lyricist - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Bernard D. Hanighen, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P)1990 BMG Music

11
Still We Dream (Remastered 2001)
00:03:28

Al Foster, Drums - Mike Ferro, Lyricist - George Mraz, Bass - Carmen McRae, Vocal - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P)1990 BMG Music

12
Suddenly (Remastered 2001)
00:03:47

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Carmen McRae, Performer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Leslie Ann Jones, Recording Engineer - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Larry Willis, Piano

(P)1990 BMG Music

13
Looking Back (Remastered 2001)
00:05:35

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Carmen McRae, Performer - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Jon Hendricks, Composer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Clifford Jordan, Soprano Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P)1990 BMG Music

14
Suddenly (Studio Recording)
00:03:14

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Carmen McRae, Performer - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Charlie Rouse, Tenor Saxophone - Larry Willis, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P)1988 BMG Music

15
Get It Straight (Studio Recording)
00:03:27

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Sally Swisher, Lyricist - Carmen McRae, Performer - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P)1988 BMG Music

16
'Round Midnight (Alternative Version)
00:07:17

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Bass - Carmen McRae, Vocal - Ed Rak, Recording Engineer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Cootie Williams, Lyricist - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Bernard D. Hanighen, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Composer

(P) 2001 BMG Music

17
Listen To Monk (Alternative Take)
00:03:01

Al Foster, Drums - George Mraz, Acoustic Bass - Carmen McRae, Performer - Larry Clothier, Producer - Jon Hendricks, Composer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Tom Bradshaw, Executive Producer - Clifford Jordan, Tenor Saxophone - Eric Gunnison, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P)2001 BMG Music

18
Man, That Was A Dream (Alternative Take)
00:03:25

Jon Hendricks, Composer - Jon Hendricks, Lyricist - Larry Clothier, Producer - Carmen McRae, Performer - Tom Bradshaw, Executive Producer - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P) 2001 BMG Music

Album Description

Carmen McRae, a good friend of Thelonious Monk, sang 13 of his songs (two of which are also heard in different live versions) on this memorable project. Half of the lyrics are by Jon Hendricks, while the remainder were written by Abbey Lincoln ("Blue Monk"), Bernie Hanighen, Sally Swisher, or Mike Ferro. On all but the two concert performances, McRae is assisted by tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, pianist Eric Gunnison, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Al Foster; Mraz's solos are particularly impressive, although everyone is in sensitive form. The live recordings give listeners two more chances to acknowledge the uniqueness of tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse's tone. As for McRae, her phrasing has rarely sounded better than on this classic set, and it is a particular pleasure to hear her interpret the intelligent lyrics and unusual melodies. "Dear Ruby" ("Ruby, My Dear") and "Listen to Monk" ("Rhythm-A-Ning") are among the high points of the essential and very delightful CD. An inspired idea and one of the best recordings of Carmen McRae's career.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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