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Carmen For Cool Ones: Carmen McRae And Fred Katz

McRae worked with progressive jazz musician Fred Katz to create a not-so-standard setting for renditions of standards.

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The LP cover of Carmen McRae's Carmen For Cool Ones.

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Chilling in 1958: Carmen McRae.

Singer Carmen McRae made a string of albums for the Decca label in the 1950s, and one of the most interesting ones teamed her up with the rather offbeat jazz musician and arranger Fred Katz, who recorded her in three different contexts—with strings, with woodwinds, and with a percussion section. We feature that LP, Carmen For Cool Ones, on this edition of Afterglow, along with music from Cassandra Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Kurt Elling, Bill Evans, and more–all as part of our standard mix of jazz, ballads, and American popular song.

Music Heard On This Episode

Any Old Time
Carmen McRae — Carmen For Cool Ones (Fresh Sounds, 2011)
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Any Old Time
Carmen McRae — Carmen For Cool Ones (Fresh Sounds, 2011)

Notes: 8:01 p.m.

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What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry
Carmen McRae — Carmen For Cool Ones (Fresh Sounds, 2011)

Notes: 8:04 p.m.

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Lover Come Back To Me
Cassandra Wilson — Loverly (Blue Note, 2008)

Notes: 8:06 p.m.

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You're Driving Me Crazy
Teddy Wilson — Complete Verve Recordings (Mosaic, 1997)

Notes: 8:11 p.m.

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When Sunny Gets Blue
Nancy Wilson — Ballads, Blues and Big Band (Capitol, 1996)

Notes: 8:14 p.m.

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You're Mine
Carmen McRae — Carmen For Cool Ones (Fresh Sounds, 2011)

Notes: 8:18 p.m.

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If I Were A Bell
Carmen McRae — Carmen For Cool Ones (Fresh Sounds, 2011)

Notes: 8:22 p.m.

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The Night We Called It A Day
Carmen McRae — Carmen For Cool Ones (Fresh Sounds, 2011)

Notes: 8:23 p.m.

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The Song Is You
Bing Crosby — Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings (Polygram, 2001)

Notes: 8:31 p.m.

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Something To Live For
Ella Fitzgerald — Something To Live For (Polygram, 1999)

Notes: 8:35 p.m.

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Dedicated To You
Kurt Elling — Dedicated To You (Concord, 2009)

Notes: 8:39 p.m.

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Come Rain Or Come Shine
Bill Evans — Portrait In Jazz (Riverside, 2008)

Notes: 8:45 p.m.

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Oh Yes, I Remember Clifford
Carmen McRae — Carmen For Cool Ones (Fresh Sounds, 2011)

Notes: 8:50 p.m.

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All The Things You Are
Carmen McRae — Carmen For Cool Ones (Fresh Sounds , 2011)

Notes: 8:53 p.m.

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What's New
Carmen McRae — Carmen For Cool Ones (Fresh Sounds, 2011)

Notes: 8:55 p.m.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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