Carmen Mercedes McRae was an American jazz singer. She is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century and is remembered for her behind-the-beat phrasing and ironic interpretation of lyrics. Carmen Mercedes McRae (April 8, – Novem) was an American jazz singer. She is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the. Carmen McRae is a album by Jazz singer Carmen McRae. It was McRae's second album and was released on the Bethlehem label exclusively as 10" monoaural. Carmen McRae (born April 8, , Harlem, New York City, New York, USA - died Novem, Beverly Hills, California, USA) was an American jazz singer. This site is a tribute to one of the best – if not THE best – jazz singers in the history of the genre. Eight years younger than her idol, Billie Holiday. Carmen McRae albums and discography on AllMusic including all best, old, and new album information. On this recording before the West German Radio (WDR) orchestra, Carmen McRae's unique way with a song is perfectly framed. The project--a dream of. EU-only four CD set containing eight albums from the Jazz vocalist. Includes the albums Carmen McRae, When You're Away, Torchy, Blue Moon, Carmen for Cool. Listen to music by Carmen McRae on Apple Music. Find top songs and albums by Carmen McRae including Take Five, I Was Doing all Right and more. Carmen McRae artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music.