Two for the Road

Two for the Road

by Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae


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The only recorded meeting between George Shearing and Carmen McRae took place in 1980 for Concord, and it's a shame there wasn't a follow-up date. Although the pianist's backing of singers on recordings is relatively infrequent, he always provides them with richly textured and inspired accompaniment. McRae is in great voice on this date, before her lifetime smoking habit brought on the emphysema that forced her 1991 retirement and caused her death in 1994. Although her voice had deepened over the years, she still retained the ability to bring out the best in songs with her emotional and dramatic interpretations. Most of the works on this CD are gems from the Great American Songbook, including a jaunty take of "Gentleman Friend," which has some lively scatting, and the moving ballad "If I Should Lose You." The only reservation about the CD reissue is the removal of the color cover photo of the two musicans in the studio, which is replaced by a very dull cover with only bland lettering -- hardly an imaginative piece of packaging. This topnotch duo date should be of great interest to fans of either Shearing or McRae.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/1989
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431412823
catalogNumber: 4128
Rank: 203730

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carmen McRae   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
George Shearing   Piano,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Dick Hendler   Art Direction
Maggie Hawthorn   Liner Notes
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
R. Lewine   Composer
Carl E. Jefferson   Audio Production

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