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After Glow

LP (Item 405291) Decca, 1957 — Condition: Used
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Carmen McRae — After Glow ... CD 16.99

Sublime early work from Carmen McRae – done with backing from pianist Ray Bryant in a small group setting! Carmen's singing in a beautifully fragile mode – with only Ray's piano and a bit of bass and drums to back her up – and it's a real treat to her the McRae vocal approach in such an unfettered format, because even at this earlier age, Carmen had a sense of control, poise, and grace that shines through immediately. 12 tracks in all – and titles include "I Can't Escape From You", "Guess Who I Saw Today", "Exactly Like You", "All My Life", "Dream Of Life", "I'm Thru With Love", "The Little Things That Mean So Much", and "Nice Work If You Can Get It". (Nice Japanese pressing – with obi! Back cover has some light aging.)  © 1996-2018, Dusty Groove, Inc.

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