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Two for the Road

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Download links and information about Two for the Road by Carmen McRae, George Shearing. This album was released in 1980 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Bop genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 39:11 minutes.

Artist: Carmen McRae, George Shearing
Release date: 1980
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Bop
Tracks: 10
Duration: 39:11
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You 3:42
2. You're All I Need 3:16
3. Gentleman Friend 4:11
4. More Than You Know 4:35
5. Cloudy Morning 2:56
6. Too Late Now 5:04
7. If I Should Lose You 2:17
8. Ghost of Yesterday 4:53
9. What Is There to Say? 4:47
10. Two for the Road 3:30

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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.