Carmen McRae - Birds of a Feather ft. Ben Webster (Decca 1958)
Yes, there's a concept on the loose here -- all the songs are about birds. Fortunately, there are plenty of good songs on the subject, and it's not so narrow that all the focus hinges on birds themselves. Add horn men Ben Webster and Al Cohn to McRae's enigmatic, dark contralto voice and you get the general idea.
1. Skylark 2. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) 3. Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A 4. Mister Meadowlark 5. Bye Bye Blackbird 6. Flamingo 7. The Eagle and Me 8. Baltimore Oriole 9. When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along 10. Chicken Today and Feathers Tomorrow 11. When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano 12. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Personnel: Carmen McRae (vocals); Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe (guitar); Al Cohn, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Irwin "Marky" Markowitz (trumpet); Dick Berg, Fred Klein, Donald Corrado (French horn); Don Abney (piano); Don Lamond, Todd Sommer, Nick Stabulas (drums).
Liner Note Author: Burt Korall.
Recording information: New York, NY (08/04/1958-08/08/1958).
The attitude of the gallant Six Hundred which so aroused Lord Tennyson's admiration arose from the fact that the least disposition to ask the reason why was discouraged by tricing the would-be inquirer to the triangle and flogging him into insensibility.
Advance to Barbarism
(Mitre Press, 1968).
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