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Carmen Sings Monk


Download links and information about Carmen Sings Monk. This album was released in 1988 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 18 tracks with total duration of 01:19:42 minutes.

Release date: 1988
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 18
Duration: 01:19:42
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No. Title Length
1. Get It Straight (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 3:55
2. Dear Ruby (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 5:59
3. It's Over Now (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 5:29
4. Monkery's the Blues (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 4:55
5. You Know Who (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 3:30
6. Little Butterfly (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 5:14
7. Listen to Monk (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 3:08
8. How I Wish... (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 4:53
9. Man, That Was a Dream (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 2:53
10. 'Round Midnight (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 6:32
11. Still We Dream (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 3:28
12. Suddenly (Remastered 2001) (Carmen McRae) 3:47
13. Looking Back (Remastered) (Carmen McRae) 5:35
14. Suddenly (Studio Recording) (Carmen McRae) 3:14
15. Get It Straight (Studio Recording) (Carmen McRae) 3:27
16. 'Round Midnight (Alternative Version) (Carmen McRae) 7:17
17. Listen to Monk (Alternative Take) (Carmen McRae) 3:01
18. Man, That Was a Dream (Alternative Take) (Carmen McRae) 3:25



Carmen McRae, a good friend of Thelonious Monk, sang 13 of his songs (two of which are also heard in different live versions) on this memorable project. Half of the lyrics are by Jon Hendricks, while the remainder were written by Abbey Lincoln ("Blue Monk"), Bernie Hanighen, Sally Swisher, or Mike Ferro. On all but the two concert performances, McRae is assisted by tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, pianist Eric Gunnison, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Al Foster; Mraz's solos are particularly impressive, although everyone is in sensitive form. The live recordings give listeners two more chances to acknowledge the uniqueness of tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse's tone. As for McRae, her phrasing has rarely sounded better than on this classic set, and it is a particular pleasure to hear her interpret the intelligent lyrics and unusual melodies. "Dear Ruby" ("Ruby, My Dear") and "Listen to Monk" ("Rhythm-A-Ning") are among the high points of the essential and very delightful CD. An inspired idea and one of the best recordings of Carmen McRae's career. [The album's 2001 reissue included bonus tracks.]