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Carmen McRae - Just a Little Lovin' [Japan] (2013)

Jazz, Japan Editions | Author: vicor 61 | 11-11-2017, 13:04
Carmen McRae - Just a Little Lovin' [Japan] (2013)
Artist: Carmen McRae
Title Of Album: Just a Little Lovin' [Japan]
Year Of Release: 2013 (1970)
Label (Catalog#): Warner [WPCR-27347]
Country: USA
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Quality: FLAC (*tracks+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 45:43
Full Size: 277 MB

Review by Tim Sendra:
Released in 1970, Just a Little Lovin' was the fourth (and last) studio album Carmen McRae cut for Atlantic Records in the late '60s/early '70s. The albums were for the most part a mix of pop and jazz songs with a decidedly pop angle. Just a Little Lovin' isn't too different, though it leans more toward the soulful end of the street. Producer Arif Mardin put McRae together with the Dixie Flyers studio band, backup singers extraordinaire the Sweet Inspirations, and an all-star horn section led by King Curtis, and then let her loose on the usual Beatles covers (a lifeless "Something," a very relaxed and sensual "Here, There and Everywhere," and a dramatic take on "Carry That Weight") and pop tunes like Jimmy Webb's "Didn't We" and Laura Nyro's "Goodbye Joe." So far, so half decent. Where the album really takes off is on the tracks that sound more down-home and Southern, like those cribbed from Dusty in Memphis ("Just a Little Lovin'," "Breakfast in Bed"), the Willie Dixon blues "I Love the Life I Live," and the tracks written by Tony Joe White (the funky-as-dirt "I Thought I Knew You Well" and "I Want You"). The band sounds totally in the groove on these cuts and McRae responds with some supremely gritty performances. As with all her other Atlantic records, it's a mixed bag but well worth picking up for Carmen McRae fans -- and if you aren't one, you should be!


01. Just a Litlle Lovin' (2:15)
02. Something (3:07)
03. I Thought I Knew You Well (3:58)
04. I Want You (2:22)
05. More Today Than Yesterday (3:07)
06. Here There and Everywhere (2:37)
07. Carry That Weight (2:51)
08. Breakfast
in Bed (3:18)
09. I Love the Life I Live (2:31)
10. What'cha Gonna Do (3:36)
11. Didn't We (3:24)
12. Goodbye Joe (2:39)
13. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know (3:37)
14. Just a Dream Ago (3:16)
15. Silent Spring (3:05)

Carmen McRae - Just a Little Lovin' [Japan] (2013)

Carmen McRae - Just a Little Lovin' [Japan] (2013)

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