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Carmen McRae

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: April 8, 1920 | Died: November 10, 1994    

Carmen McRae

Considered by jazz aficionados to be among the top ten female vocalists of all time, Carmen McRae's distinctive behind-the-beat phrasing, impeccable vocal control, and witty, sometimes acerbic way of conveying a lyric are what set her apart as a singularly great singer. She considered jazz great Billie Holiday to be a musical mentor. But this Queen of Cool had her own sound and style; including an amazing ability to scat. The versatile McRae could swing hard when it was called for; next she could draw out a ballad, savoring each note and syllable without losing audience attention, she was in a class by herself....
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Source: James Nadal

  • Carmen McRae: Live at Sugar Hill - San Francisco

    Fresh Sound Records
    2008
  • Take Five / Dat Dere

    Line Records
    2004
  • The Diva Series

    Line Records
    2003
  • The Sound Of Silence / Portrait Of Carmen

    Line Records
    2002
  • Body And Soul

    Line Records
    2001
  • Vocal Jazz

    Line Records
    2001
  • Fine And Mellow

    Line Records
    2000
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