Carmen Sings Monk

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Carmen Sings Monk
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Studio album by
RecordedJanuary 30 - February 1, 1988
GenreVocal jazz
ProducerTom Bradshaw
Carmen McRae chronology
Fine and Mellow: Live at Birdland West
Carmen Sings Monk
Sarah: Dedicated to You
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauA− [2]

Carmen Sings Monk is a 1988 studio album by the American jazz singer Carmen McRae, focusing on the songs composed by Thelonious Monk.

McRae was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards for her performance on this album.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Get It Straight" ("Straight, No Chaser") (Thelonious Monk, Sally Swisher) – 3:58
  2. "Dear Ruby" ("Ruby, My Dear") (Swisher) – 6:01
  3. "It's Over Now" ("Well, You Needn't") (Mike Ferro) – 5:28
  4. "Monkery's the Blues" ("Blue Monk") (Abbey Lincoln) – 4:56
  5. "You Know Who" ("I Mean You") (Coleman Hawkins, Jon Hendricks) – 3:31
  6. "Little Butterfly" ("Pannonica") (Hendricks) – 5:15
  7. "Listen To Monk" ("Rhythm-A-Ning") (Hendricks) – 3:05
  8. "How I Wish" ("Ask Me Now") (Hendricks) – 4:56
  9. "Man, That Was a Dream" ("Monk's Dream") (Hendricks) – 2:55
  10. "'Round Midnight" (Bernie Hanighen, Cootie Williams) – 6:32
  11. "Still We Dream" ("Ugly Beauty") (Ferro) – 3:27
  12. "Suddenly" ("In Walked Bud") (Hendricks) – 3:41
  13. "Looking Back" ("Reflections") (Hendricks) – 5:35
    Previously unreleased, alternate takes:
  14. "Suddenly" ("In Walked Bud") (Hendricks) – 3:13
  15. "Get It Straight" ("Straight, No Chaser") (Swisher) – 3:26

All music composed by Thelonious Monk, lyricists indicated.

Due to copyright restrictions the song titles of these standards (with the exception of "'Round Midnight") were modified. Monk's original titles are indicated after the track titles.