George Shearing / Carmen McRae

Two for the Road

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance 3:46
  2. You're All I Need 3:19
  3. Gentleman Friend 4:15
  4. More Than You Know 4:38
  5. Cloudy Morning 3:00
  6. Too Late Now 5:07
  7. If I Should Lose You 2:20
  8. Ghost of Yesterday 4:56
  9. What Is There to Say? 4:50
  10. Two For the Road 3:30

Review

There are far too few recordings of top-notch jazz singers backed solely by equally talented pianists, so this onetime meeting of George Shearing and Carmen McRae proves to be magical. Shearing recorded solo piano sessions a number of times during his long career, though he rarely played unaccompanied for a vocalist, with the exception of his meetings with Mel Tormé. McRae also had a prolific career and is still in great voice interpreting this standard-heavy collection. Shearing's inventive chord substitutions in "Too Late Now" are a treat, with the singer making a delayed entrance. Shearing is rollicking in "Gentleman Friend" (the album's only uptempo track), which also features McRae doing a bit of scatting. The lesser-known "Cloudy Morning" finds the pianist in a bit of an impressionist mood and also sharing the vocals, while McRae's powerful interpretation of "More Than You Know" is another gem. ~ Ken Dryden, Rovi