Release Date: 01/15/21
2 Bonus Tracks!
'I met Billie Holiday when I was very young', declared Carmen McRae in
an interview with drummer Art Taylor in Cologne, Germany, on October
30, 1970, 'and she was one of the most impressive women I have ever
met in my life. She really scared me as far as singing was concerned. She
seemed so utterly perfect to me that I felt anything after her would be
anticlimactic. Consequently, I was afraid of becoming what I had hoped to
become at an earlier stage in my life.' This edition presents the complete
original LP Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and other Billie Holiday
Classics (Columbia CS8530), which as its title indicates, was McRae's
tribute to the great Billie Holiday.
To the original twelve songs on the original album Carmen McRae Sings
Lover Man, we have added two songs which complete the sessions that
yielded the LP. 'If the Moon Turns Green' would be recorded again by
Carmen live in 1971, and again in 1989. The song had been waxed by Billie
Holiday for Clef in May of 1952. 'The Christmas Song', obviously intended
to be included on a Christmas compilation, was written in 1944 by singer
Mel TormÃ© and Bob Wells, and was never recorded by Lady Day.
|Label: CONCORD JAZZ|
|Run Time: 40 mins|
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