Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and other Billie Holiday Classics

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Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and other Billie Holiday Classics
Studio album by Carmen McRae
Released 1962
Recorded June 29, 1961 and July 26, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 42:37
Label Columbia
Producer Teo Macero, Carmen McRae
Carmen McRae chronology
Take Five Live
(1961)
Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and other Billie Holiday Classics
(1962)
Something Wonderful
(1962)

Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man and other Billie Holiday Classics is a 1962 studio album by Carmen McRae, recorded in tribute to McRae's idol, Billie Holiday, who had died two years previously.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Scott Yanow of Allmusic said that the album was one of McRae's "best recordings of the 1960s. McRae always considered Billie Holiday to be her primary influence, so a tribute album was a natural project for her...Recommended".[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Them There Eyes" (Maceo Pinkard, William Tracy, Doris Tauber) - 2:45
  2. "Yesterdays" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) - 4:52
  3. "I'm Gonna Lock My Heart (And Throw Away the Key)" (Jimmy Eaton, Terry Shand) - 2:32
  4. "Strange Fruit" (Lewis Allen) - 2:47
  5. "Miss Brown to You" (Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting, Ralph Rainger) - 2:28
  6. "My Man" (Jacques Charles, Channing Pollack, Albert Willemetz, Maurice Yvain) - 4:05
  7. "I Cried for You (Now It's Your Turn to Cry Over Me)" (Gus Arnheim, Arthur Freed, Abe Lyman) - 2:52
  8. "Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)" (Jimmy Davis, Roger ("Ram") Ramirez, James Sherman) - 4:18
  9. "Trav'lin' Light" (Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Mundy, Trummy Young) - 2:20
  10. "Some Other Spring" (Arthur Herzog, Jr., Irene Kitchings) - 3:02
  11. "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" (Harry Woods) - 3:31
  12. "God Bless the Child" (Herzog, Billie Holiday) - 3:24
Bonus tracks on the 1997 CD reissue
  1. "If the Moon Turns Green" (Paul Coates, Bernie Hanighen) - 3:28
  2. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) - 3:55

Personnel[edit]

Norman Simmons' Sextet

References[edit]