George Mraz on "Carmen Sings Monk"

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by ctcruiser, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. ctcruiser


    Jan 16, 2005
    West Haven, CT
    I was recently turned on to a CD by the singer Carmen McRae called "Carmen Sings Monk".

    The record has 15 tracks of well known Thelonious Monk songs with lyrics added that Carmen sings.

    George Mraz is the bassist and he is incredible. It was so much fun to listen to songs that I have known by their piano intros only to have George play the intro parts on a few of the numbers with his bass.

    The record is a lot of fun and the bass playing adds to the enjoyment. Check it out if you haven't heard it.
  2. olivier


    Dec 17, 1999
    Paris, France
    Yes, definitely an important reference, both for the repertoire (Monk's standards) and for GM work on it.
  3. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    As I recall, if you look in the album credits, George actually had a hand in the production of that CD.

  4. The pianist on this side is my musical son, at least known as that around the Denver jazz community. As a matter of fact. you can hear him really stretch out in my quartet on my little tunes on our TalkBass sampler. Boplicity and My One and Only Love...If you haven't heard it, please do!
    His name is Eric Gunnison.
  5. I thought that was Larry Willis on that CD. I used to have a copy, and at some point it mysteriously disappeared. I should prolly replace it.
  6. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    He's an incredible player. Ask him if he's aware of the "Legend of Zelda" quote at the end of his solo on My One and Only Love.