Hiromi in the UK

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Martin Johnson
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Re: Hiromi in the UK

Postby Martin Johnson » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:51 pm

Blair N. Cummings wrote:Renee is great!
But don`t miss Hiromi.
I once had reservations for a performance by Carmen McRae -the only singer I ever really loved -at the (then-new) Blue Note. Something that I can`t recall caused me to miss the gig and she died not long after. Here`s a great show of the kind I missed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhVgJaOr5c8 Only Tony Bennet comes close to being the better interpreter of lyrics. (I just wish she had not included the crummy "Evergreen" at the end).
I don`t think Hiromi is on her death-bed but see her if you can.


I won't know if I can get up to Manchester for the Hiromi concert until much nearer the time and I'm trusting that it won't sellout. That particular Carmen McRae gig is available on a DVD I've been meaning to get and it's coupled with a Manhattan Transfer show from the same venue. She's a favourite of mine too but perhaps I prefer her 50s and 60s recordings to her later work. One exception is the album of Monk tunes she cut in the late 80s and which included this jazz standard:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qYADfnI-iSs

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Re: Hiromi in the UK

Postby Blair N. Cummings » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:07 pm

Martin, you`re right. Much of of Carmen`s later work was inferior; but chiefly due to producers who gave her crummy material. The Monk album, `though was really good.

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Re: Hiromi in the UK

Postby pljms » Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:07 am

I think Carmen McRae's recording of 'Alfie' is pretty stunning and I just love her phrasing.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5ozYKIWfRpQ
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Re: Hiromi in the UK

Postby Martin Johnson » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:24 am

pljms wrote:I think Carmen McRae's recording of 'Alfie' is pretty stunning and I just love her phrasing.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5ozYKIWfRpQ


I'm aware of two further Bacharach covers by Carmen McRae, The Look Of Love and Close To You, but I don't think either is up to the standard of her recording of Alfie. However, I'm very fond of her version of Jimmy Webb's MacArthur Park. Recorded in the summer of '68 when Richard Harris's version was still high on the charts, I believe this was the first cover of the song to be released but not the last to dispense with any references to cakes in the rain and to concentrate on the central ballad section:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IhCww_NxZss

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Re: Hiromi in the UK

Postby blueonblue » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:35 pm

Hiromi is releasing her first solo album in ten years in September under the title 'Spectrum'

https://www.youtube.com/embed/-MLFP2UBlaA

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