Interview: Ralph Carmichael (Part 3) - JazzWax

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April 08, 2011


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jeff helgesen

Didn't Carmichael also handle the arrangements for the live recording at The Sands?

J. Taylor

No. Dave Cavanaugh and Nelson Riddle did the arrangements.

John P. Cooper

Good interview!

Jery Rowan

Ralph's comment about Nat wearing a bridge in his mouth explains what I used to think were some glaring glitches on his recording of "Ipanema".

At the 2:30 mark on the track, when Nat sings "...but she doesn't see", the word "see" has such a pronounced glottal inclusion -- as do subsequent repetitions of the phrase -- I've often wondered why that particular take was ever approved.

Apparently the bridge Ralph alluded to (the one in Nat’s mouth, not the musical kind) created a lot more vocal stress for Nat than just the letter 'L'.

Now, thanks to Marc’s column, I know the reason for these little imperfections.

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