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Take Five with Carmen McRae

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Label: Columbia
Year: 1961
Released on LP: Yes
Released on CD: Yes


1. Take Five
2. Easy As You Go
3. When I Was Young
4. In Your Own Sweet Way
5. Too Young For Growing Old
6. Ode To A Cowboy
7. There'll Be No Tomorrow
8. Melanctha
9. It's A Raggy Waltz
10. Oh, So Blue
11. Lord, Lord
12.Travelin' Blues


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Joe Morello (drums)
Eugene Wright (bass)
Carmen McRae (vocals)


1. Recorded live at "Basin Street East", NYC, September 6, 1961.

2. Paul Desmond only played on "Take Five" not on this recording.

3. "Travelin' Blues" was included in the LP - "Summit Sessions" .

4. Released as CD in standard CD format in Japan -CBS/Sony 32DP 620

5. Released as CD in mini LP format in Japan under the "Sony Master Sound" series - Sony Records SRCS 9370.

6. A Special limited box edition was released by CBS Special Products - Collectors Series and is very rare.


All Music Guide Review copyright

Around the time that she was participating in Dave Brubeck's Real Ambassadors, singer Carmen McRae appeared at Basin Street East with the backing of Brubeck's trio (no Paul Desmond on this set). The resulting live album finds McRae mostly interpreting the lyrics of Iola Brubeck; all dozen songs except Desmond's "Take Five" are Dave Brubeck originals. This interesting set finds McRae's voice in prime form, and her vocal versions of such songs as "In Your Own Sweet Way," "Ode to a Cowboy," "It's a Raggy Waltz" And "Travellin' Blues" are definitive.

Scott Yanow

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