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Carmen McRae

voc, 1922-1994 US, Harlem
Singer / Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Carmen Mercedes McRae Carmen Clarke

Carmen Mercedes McRae (April 8, 1922 – November 10, 1994) was an American jazz singer, composer, pianist, and actress. Considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century, it was her behind-the-beat phrasing and her ironic interpretations of song lyrics that made her memorable. McRae drew inspiration from Billie Holiday, but established her own distinctive voice. She went on to record more than 60 albums, enjoying a rich musical career, performing and recording in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

  • Vocals
  • Piano
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • R&B/Soul
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Take Five (with The Dave Brubeck Quartet) - Single Version on Vocal Encounters by Dave Brubeck
When I Fall In Love on Book Of Ballads by Carmen McRae
Cheek To Cheek on Boy Meets Girl: Sammy Davis Jr. And Carmen McRae On Decca by Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae
The Sound of Silence on The Sound Of Silence by Carmen McRae
Them There Eyes on Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man And Other Billie Holiday Classics by Carmen McRae
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye on When You're Away by Carmen McRae
Take Five - Studio Rio Version on Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection by Studio Rio
Two Sleepy People on Boy Meets Girl: Sammy Davis Jr. And Carmen McRae On Decca by Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae
What a Little Moonlight Can Do on Carmen McRae Sings Lover Man And Other Billie Holiday Classics by Carmen McRae
My Foolish Heart on Blue Moon by Carmen McRae

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Title Artist Year Type
Sings Lover Man And Other Billie Holiday ClassicsCarmen McRae2018Album
Four Classic AlbumsCarmen McRae2014Compil.
Ladies Of JazzBillie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, June Christy, Carmen McRae & Ethel Waters2014Compil.
Take Five/ Live at Sugar HillCarmen McRae2013Compil.
A Collection Of Her Finest Decca Recordings 1955-1958Carmen McRae2013Compil.
Carmen McRae At The Great American Music Hall Vol. 1Carmen McRae2013Album
The Complete 1946-1955Carmen McRae2013Compil.
Carmen McRae At The Great American Music Hall Vol. 2Carmen McRae2013Album
The Very Thought Of YouCarmen McRae2012Compil.
The Singles CollectionCarmen McRae2012Compil.
Eight Classic AlbumsCarmen McRae2012Compil.
SkylinerCarmen McRae2012Single
StandardsCarmen McRae2010Compil.
Jazz LadiesElla Fitzgerald & Sarah Vaughan & Carmen McRae2008Compil.
First SessionsCarmen McRae2008Compil.
I'm Coming Home AgainCarmen McRae2008Album
Une AnthologieCarmen McRae2007Compil.
Diva (The Diva Series)Carmen McRae2007Compil.
Jazz Diva'sCarmen McRae2007Compil.
The 1964 Orchestra RecordingsCarmen McRae2006Compil.
24K Pure GoldCarmen McRae2006Compil.
Carmen McRae For LoversCarmen McRae2006Compil.
Live In TokyoCarmen McRae2005Album
After Glow + Mad About The Man / Complete RecordingsCarmen McRae & Ray Bryant2005Compil.
Boy Meets GirlSammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae2005Compil.
Take Five / Dat DereCarmen McRae & Dave Brubeck / Oscar Brown Jr.2004Single
The Complete Ralph Burns SessionsCarmen McRae Featuring Ben Webster2004Compil.
The Best Of Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae2004Compil.
Vocalese Live / Live In TokyoThe Manhattan Transfer, Carmen McRae2004Album
How Could I Settle For Anything Less/The Good LifeCarmen McRae2004Single
The Art Of Carmen Mcrae/For Once In My LifeCarmen McRae2004Compil.
The Diva SeriesCarmen McRae2003Compil.
I Cried For You / Miss Brown To YouCarmen McRae2003Single
At Ratso's Volume 1Carmen McRae2002Album
The Sound Of Silence / Portrait Of CarmenCarmen McRae2002Compil.
Black MagicCarmen McRae2001Compil.
Live At Umbria JazzCarmen McRae2001Album
Ralph J. Gleason's Jazz Casual - Two Original Shows On One CD!Carmen McRae, Mel Tormé, Jimmy Rushing2001Album
Portrait Of CarmenCarmen McRae2001Single
Jazz ClassicsCarmen McRae2001Compil.
Ralph J Gleason's Jazz Casual - Two Original Shows On One CD!Mel Tormé / Carmen McRae2001Compil.
Ralph J Gleason's Jazz CasualSonny Rollins / Carmen McRae2001Album
Something WonderfulCarmen McRae2001Compil.
New York State Of MindCarmen McRae2001Album
Carmen McRae's Finest HourCarmen McRae2000Compil.
Ms. JazzCarmen McRae2000Compil.
Live At MidemCarmen McRae With Thad Jones And Cat Anderson2000Album
Fine And MellowCarmen McRae2000Compil.
I'm Coming Home Again (New York, 1978)Carmen McRae2000Album
Carmen McRae & FriendsCarmen McRae, Thad Jones, Cat Anderson, Joe Williams2000Compil.
Live In TokyoCarmen McRae1999Album
Ballad EssentialsCarmen McRae1999Compil.
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1999Album
Keep Me In MindCarmen McRae1999Single
Torchy & Blue MoonCarmen McRae1999Compil.
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1998Compil.
The Collected Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1998Compil.
Dream Of LifeCarmen McRae1998Album
Jazz Masters (100 Ans De Jazz)Carmen McRae1997Album
The Carmen McRae - Betty Carter Duets: Live At The Creat American Music Hall, San FranciscoCarmen McRae, Betty Carter1996Compil.
6 Queens Of Jazz VocalElla Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Helen Merrill, Monica Zetterlund1996Album
The Best Of Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1995Compil.
Carmen McRae & Her Trio LiveCarmen McRae1995Album
I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket / Namely YouCarmen McRae1995Single
The Masquerade Is OverCarmen McRae1995Compil.
I'll Be Seeing You (A Tribute To Carmen McRae)Carmen McRae1995Compil.
For Lady Day Volume 2Carmen McRae1995Album
Body And SoulCarmen McRae1995Compil.
For Lady Day Volume 1Carmen McRae1995Album
Carmen McRae VS Chris ConnorCarmen McRae, Chris Connor1994Album
Joe Williams & FriendsJoe Williams, Carmen McRae, Cat Anderson, Thad Jones And His Ensemble1994Compil.
Black MagicCarmen McRae1993Compil.
Body & SoulCarmen McRae Featuring Thad Jones, Cat Anderson1993Compil.
The Ultimate Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1993Compil.
Out Of This WorldChris Connor / Carmen McRae1993Compil.
Sings Great American SongwritersCarmen McRae1993Compil.
New York State Of MindCarmen McRae1992Album
Here to StayCarmen McRae1992Compil.
Black Magic 'Live'Carmen McRae1992Album
A Special Sellection Of Jazz VocalsLouis Armstrong, Carmen McRae, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee1992Compil.
My Greatest SongsCarmen McRae1992Compil.
Sarah - Dedicated To YouCarmen McRae1991Album
Woman Talk(Live At The Village Gate)Carmen McRae1991Album
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1991Compil.
Carmen Sings MonkCarmen McRae1990Album
InvitationCarmen McRae1989Compil.
Setting StandardsCarmen McRae1988Compil.
Fine And Mellow - Live At Birdland WestCarmen McRae1988Album
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1987Album
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1987Compil.
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1987Compil.
Live At The Great American Hall San FranciscoCarmen McRae, Betty Carter1987Album
Take Five (All About Take Five)The Dave Brubeck Quartet / Carmen McRae / Free Flight1987Compil.
Bethlehem's GirlfriendsChris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae1986Album
Ms. MagicCarmen McRae1986Album
LiveCarmen McRae1986Album
Any Old TimeCarmen McRae1986Album
You're Lookin' At MeCarmen McRae1984Album
Perfil De Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1984Compil.
20 HitsCarmen McRae1983Compil.
I Hear MusicChris Connor, Carmen McRae1983Album
Love SongsCarmen McRae1982Album
Heat WaveCal Tjader ▪ Carmen McRae1982Album
Ms. MagicCarmen McRae1982Album
Recorded Live At Bubba'sCarmen McRae1981Album
I'm Coming Home AgainCarmen McRae1980Album
Two For The RoadCarmen McRae - George Shearing1980Album
I'm Coming Home AgainCarmen McRae1980Album
Carmen McRae And Joe Williams In ConcertCarmen McRae & Joe Williams1979Album
Livin'Carmen McRae1979Compil.
Ms. JazzCarmen McRae1978Compil.
Ronnie Scott's Presents Carmen McRae 'Live'Carmen McRae1977Album
The Greatest Of Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1977Compil.
Carmen McRae At The Great American Music HallCarmen McRae1977Album
Sessions, LiveCarmen McRae, Jeri Southern, Stuff Smith And Chamber Jazz Sextette1976Album
Only Women Bleed / MusicCarmen McRae1976Single
Can't Hide LoveCarmen McRae1976Album
Who Gave You PermissionCarmen McRae1975Single
November GirlCarmen McRae / Clarke-Boland Big Band1975Album
Live At Century PlazaCarmen McRae1975Album
Velvet SoulCarmen McRae1975Compil.
I Am MusicCarmen McRae1975Album
Ms. JazzCarmen McRae1974Album
It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human FeelingCarmen McRae1974Album
As Time Goes By / Carmen McRae Alone / Live At The DugCarmen McRae1974Album
Live And Doin' ItCarmen McRae1974Album
Ladies Of MainstreamSarah Vaughan / Ruth Brown / Morgana King / Carmen McRae1974Compil.
Alive!Carmen McRae1973Compil.
Here To StayCarmen McRae1973Compil.
It Takes A Whole Lot Of Human FeelingCarmen McRae1973Single
CarmenCarmen McRae1972Album
I Only Have Eyes For YouCarmen McRae1972Single
The Great American SongbookCarmen McRae1972Album
I'll Never Pass This Way AgainCarmen McRae1972Single
I Want YouCarmen McRae1972Compil.
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1971Album
The Best Of Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1971Compil.
Carry That WeightCarmen McRae With The Dixie Flyers1971Single
Carmen's GoldCarmen McRae1971Album
Just A Little Lovin'Carmen McRae1970Single
Just A Little Lovin'Carmen McRae1970Single
Just A Little Lovin'Carmen McRae1970Album
I Love You More Than You'll Ever KnowCarmen McRae1969Single
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1969Single
Gloomy Sunday / My Heart Reminds MeCarmen McRae1968Single
The Sound Of SilenceCarmen McRae1968Single
Elusive Butterfly / I'm Always Drunk In San FranciscoCarmen McRae1968Single
Portrait Of CarmenCarmen McRae1968Album
The Sound Of SilenceCarmen McRae1968Album
Love Is Here To Stay / PerdidoCarmen McRae1968Single
"Live" & WailingCarmen McRae1968Album
Live For Life / Cottage For SaleCarmen McRae & Herbie Mann1967Single
For Once In My LifeCarmen McRae1967Album
This Is Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae1967Compil.
For Once In My Life / Got To Get You Into My LifeCarmen McRae1967Single
Woman Talk (Live At The Village Gate)Carmen McRae1966Album
AlfieCarmen McRae1966Album
AlfieCarmen McRae1966Single
It's A Raggy Waltz / Travellin' BluesCarmen McRae, Dave Brubeck1965Single
Haven't We Met?Carmen McRae1965Album
Haven't We Met? / Smirnoff MuleCarmen McRae1965Single
When Sunny Gets Blue / Cutie PantsCarmen McRae1964Single
Second To NoneCarmen McRae1964Album
BittersweetCarmen McRae1964Album
Something WonderfulCarmen McRae1963Album
Live At Sugar Hill San FranciscoCarmen McRae1963Album
The Real AmbassadorsLouis Armstrong And His Band, Dave Brubeck, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Carmen McRae1962Album
Take Five / It's A Raggy Waltz / Tonight OnlyCarmen McRae & Dave Brubeck1962Single
Take Five (Recorded Live At Basin Street East)Carmen McRae - Dave Brubeck1962Album
Sings Lover Man And Other Billie Holiday ClassicsCarmen McRae1962Album
Take FiveCarmen McRae With The Dave Brubeck Quartet1962Single
How Does The Wine TasteCarmen McRae1962Single
Play Dave Brubeck's Points On JazzGold And Fizdale, Dave Brubeck, The Dave Brubeck Trio, Carmen McRae1961Album
Strange MeadowlarkCarmen McRae And The Dave Brubeck Quartet1961Single
Take FiveDave Brubeck, Carmen McRae1961Single
Carmen McRae At The Flamingo Jazz ClubCarmen McRae1961Album
What Has She Got? / Big TownCarmen McRae1960Single
Happy To Make Your Acquaintance / Baby It's Cold OutsideSammy Davis Jr., Carmen McRae1960Single
Perform Music From The Subterraneans - Original Sound Track AlbumAndré Previn, Gerry Mulligan, Carmen McRae1960Album
So MuchCarmen McRae1960Single
The Very Thought Of You / Oh! Look At Me NowCarmen McRae1960Single
Something To Swing AboutCarmen McRae1960Album
The More I See YouCarmen McRae1959Single
When You're AwayCarmen McRae1959Album
Show Me The Way / Talk To MeCarmen McRae1959Single
Porgy And BessSammy Davis Jr. / Carmen McRae1959Album
Book Of BalladsCarmen McRae1959Album
I'll Love you (Till I Die)Carmen McRae1958Single
Skyliner / If You Should Leave MeCarmen McRae1958Single
I'll Love You / I Love The Ground You Walk OnCarmen McRae1958Album
A New Voice In JazzCarmen McRae1958Single
Georgia RoseCarmen McRae1958Single
Carmen For Cool OnesCarmen McRae1958Album
Birds Of A FeatherCarmen McRae1958Album
Mad About The Man, Carmen McRae Sings Noel CowardCarmen McRae1958Album
Come On, Come In / I Love The Ground You Walk OnCarmen McRae1958Single
My Foolish HeartCarmen McRae1958Album
After GlowCarmen McRae1957Album
Boy Meets GirlSammy Davis Jr. And Carmen McRae1957Single
It's Like Getting A Donkey To GallopCarmen McRae1957Single
Cheek To CheekSammy Davis Jr. And Carmen McRae1957Single
Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)Carmen McRae with Dave Lambert Quartet1957Single
London's Girl Friends No. 3Carmen McRae1957Single
Baby, It's Cold Outside / Happy To Make Your AcquaintanceSammy Davis Jr. and Carmen McRae1957Single
Boy Meets GirlSammy Davis Jr. And Carmen McRae1957Album
As I Love You / Passing FancyCarmen McRae1957Single
Torchy! Part 1Carmen McRae1956Single
What Do You See In Her?Jeri Southern / Carmen McRae1956Single
Torchy! Part 2Carmen McRae1956Single
Easy To Love - Part 1Carmen McRae with The Mat Mathews Quartet1956Single
The Party's Over / I'm A Dreamer, Aren't We AllCarmen McRae1956Single
By Special RequestCarmen McRae With Mat Matthews Quintet1956Album
Blue MoonCarmen McRae1956Album
Star Eyes / I'm A Dreamer (Aren't We All)Carmen McRae1956Album
Bethlehem's GirlfriendsChris Connor, Julie London, Carmen McRae1956Compil.
Torchy! Part 3Carmen McRae1956Single
Blue Moon Vol. 2Carmen McRae1956Single
Namely You / I'm Putting All My Eggs In One BasketCarmen McRae1956Album
You Don't Know MeCarmen McRae1956Single
Tonight He's Out To Break Another Heart / Star EyesCarmen McRae1956Single
Torchy!Carmen McRae1955Album
I Go For You / A Fine RomanceSammy Davis Jr. And Carmen McRae1955Single
That Old Black Magic / A Fine RomanceSammy Davis Jr., Carmen McRae1955Single
Come Down To Earth , Mr. SmithCarmen McRae1955Single
Love Is Here To Stay / This Will Make You LaughCarmen McRae1955Single
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae, The Mat Mathews Quartet, The Tony Scott Quartet1955Album
By Special Request (Part 3)Carmen McRae1955Single
By Special Request Part 1Carmen McRae, Mat Mathews Quintet1955Single
Am I The One To Blame / Lovers Live LongerCarmen McRae1955Single
Come Down To Earth , Mr. SmithCarmen McRae1955Single
Come On, Come InCarmen McRae1955Single
By Special Request (Part 2)Carmen McRae1955Single
Coax Me / Rich Man, Poor ManCarmen McRae1955Single
Get Set / You Don't Have To Tell MeCarmen McRae1955Single
Whatever Lola Wants / Am I The One To BlameCarmen McRae With Dave Lambert Quartet1955Single
Ooh (What'cha Doin' To Me) / If I'm Lucky (I'll Be The One)Carmen McRae1954Single
My One And Only LoveCarmen McRae1952Single
Georgia Rose / The Eagle And MeCarmen McRaeSingle
I'm Glad There Is youCarmen McRaeSingle
Play For Keeps / Which Way Is LoveCarmen McRaeSingle
You Don't Know MeCarmen McRaeSingle
Too Good / Love In VainCarmen McRaeSingle
Invitation / Lo And BeholdCarmen McRaeSingle
As I Love You / Passing FancyCarmen McRaeSingle
Summertime / His Eye Is On The SparrowCarmen McRaeSingle
Live At Bubba's - SuperwomanCarmen McRaeAlbum
Comes Love / That's For Me / How Little Me Know / I Couldn't Care LessCarmen McRae Accompagnée Par The Ernie Wilkins OrchestraSingle
Silent SpringCarmen McRaeSingle
Am I Going Out Of Your Mind?Carmen McRaeSingle
Hotel / This YearCarmen McRaeSingle
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