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Monday, December 25, 2017

After Glow - Carmen McRae

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
After Glow
Carmen McRae
Vocal With Rhythm Accompaniment
Decca Records DL 8583

From the back cover: Born in Brooklyn, New York, Carmen began her now fabulous career as an instrumentalist. It did not take long, however, to discover her promising vocal talents. She was heard with groups like Benny Carter's, Count Basie's and Mercer Ellington's. Then, after several years of working on her own as pianist and singer at night clubs, Carmen finally came to the attention of an increasingly widening public. She was since made countless recordings, been named "best new female singer of the year" by Down Beat, starred in a Carnegie Hall All-Star Jazz Concert, and appeared in motion pictures.

Since Carmen McRae was signed with Decca she has made several enthusiastically received albums: "By Request" (DL 8173), "Torchy" (DL 8267), "Blue Moon" (DL 8347), and "Boy Meets Girl" (DL 8490) in which she blends her talents with those of the amazing Sammy Davis, Jr.

From Billboard - July 15, 1957: This set, of this issued of Miss McRae on Decca to date, qualifies most accurately as "jazz". Thrush is backed by her trio and this is happy, unmistakable styling, especially when the artist takes it easy and doesn't try to belt. Fine tune selections helps insure deejay play and sales. Try "All My Life" and "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" for two fine, contrasting demo bands. Could be her biggest album yet, pop or jazz.

I Can't Escape From You
Guess Who I Saw Today
My Funny Valentine
I'm Thur With Love
Nice Work If You Can Get It
East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
Exactly Like You
All My Life
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Dream Of Life
Perdido (Lost)

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