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Carmen McRae – Just A Little Lovin’ (2004 FLAC)

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Carmen McRae - Just A Little Lovin' (2004 FLAC)

Carmen McRae – Just A Little Lovin’ (2004 FLAC)

Artist: Carmen McRae
Album: Just A Little Lovin’
Release/Reissue: 2004
Genre: Vocal Jazz

01. Just a Little Lovin’
02. Something
03. I Thought I Knew You Well
04. I Want You
05. More Today Than Yesterday
06. Here There and Everywhere
07. Carry That Weight
08. Breakfast in Bed
09. I Love the Life I Live
10. What’cha Gonna Do
11. Didn’t We
12. Goodbye Joe

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!

Alto Saxophone – George Dorsey
Backing Band – The Dixie Flyers
Backing Vocals – The Sweet Inspirations
Baritone Saxophone – Pepper Adams
Bass – Tommy McClure
Drums, Percussion – Sammy Creason
Guitar – Alexander Gafa
Guitar, Keyboards – Jim Dickinson
Lead Guitar – Charlie Freeman
Organ, Electric Piano – Michael Utley
Tenor Saxophone [Solos], Alto Saxophone [Solos] – King Curtis
Trombone – Garnet Brown
Trumpet – Joe Newman