It wasn't until last year that I found out Carmen McRae was queer (word on the internet is that she hooked up with Billie Holiday). By some accounts, she struggled professionally for sexuality. Although, you'd never get that these days as she is one of the most revered jazz vocalists of all time. But ever since I find out about her queerness, the mysteriousness of her music makes a lot more sense to me. In fact, I have an even deeper appreciation of her version of this very queer-leaning classic.
Carmen McRae's vocal style always struck me as eccentric and occasionally borderline avant garde. For lack of a more sophisticated description, some of her phrasing is kind of weird. That's what I've always appreciated about her.
My selection of the day is her soul-jazz version of "Sounds of Silence". It cooks. It's a slightly psychedelic. Best of all, it features one of her hip/weird performances that at times sounds like when my mom would try to sing along with Simon & Garfunkel on the radio melded with sheer brilliance. Actually, my mom singing along with Simon and Garfunkel on the radio IS sheer brilliance.
DJ Action Slacks
I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!