Portrait of Carmen

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Portrait of Carmen
Studio album by Carmen McRae
Released 1968
Recorded November 27-29, 1967, United Recording Studio, Los Angeles
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 56:27
Label Atlantic
Carmen McRae chronology
The Sound of Silence
Portrait of Carmen
Just a Little Lovin'

Portrait of Carmen is a 1968 studio album by Carmen McRae, with arrangements by Oliver Nelson, Shorty Rogers, Benny Carter and Gene Di Novi.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Allmusic review by Jason Ankeny awarded the album four stars and said that "Portrait of Carmen doesn't so much update the great Carmen McRae's sound and sensibility as it reflects a world that's finally caught up to her way of thinking, capitalizing on the irony and sophistication so long essential to her music to create a record that is both fiercely individual and universally accessible. The title's no afterthought...Portrait of Carmen captures her brilliance for posterity".[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm Always Drunk in San Francisco" (Tommy Wolf) - 3:04
  2. "Elusive Butterfly" (Bob Lind) - 3:03
  3. "Day by Day" (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston) - 2:28
  4. "When You Get Around Me" (Fred E. Ahlert) - 2:57
  5. "Walking Happy" (Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 2:40
  6. "My Very Own Person" (Gene Di Novi) - 2:59
  7. "Ask Any Woman" (Gerald Langley, J. Stewart) - 3:01
  8. "Boy, Do I Have a Surprise for You" (Novi) - 3:26
  9. "Loads of Love" (Richard Rodgers) - 3:58
  10. "I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do" (Lee Pockriss, Paul Vance) - 4:34
  11. "Wonder Why" (Nicholas Brodszky, Cahn) - 2:14



  1. ^ a b c "Portrait of Carmen". Allmusic. Retrieved July 20, 2011.