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Benny Carter 1940-1941


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Audio CD, October 4, 2002
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1. I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me
2. Joe Turner Blues
3. Beale Street Blues
4. By The Watermelon Vine, Lindy Lou
5. The Last Kiss You Gave Me
6. Boogie Woogie Sugar Blues
7. I've Been In Love Before
8. All Of Me
9. The Very Thought Of You
10. Cocktails For Two
11. Takin' My Time
12. Cuddle Up, Huddle Up
13. Ev'ry Goodbye Ain't Gone
14. Babalu
15. There, I've Said It Again
16. Midnight
17. My Favorite Blues
18. Lullaby To A Dream
19. What A Difference A Day Made
20. Sunday
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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Classics France/Trad Alive
  • ASIN: B00007GX6J
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the annals of Jazz few are held in higher esteem than alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, arranger, band/combo leader and composer Bennett Lester "Benny" Carter, born in New York City on August 8, 1907, whose influence and talents were on display for the better part of seven decades (1930s to 1990s). He started out in the Charlie Johnson orchestra in 1928 before forming his first big band in 1929, then becoming an integral part of Fletcher Henderson's band and then McKinney's Cotton Pickers in 1930-31, and back to his own New York City-based band in 1932. That aggregation included the likes of pianist Teddy Wilson, trombonist Dicky Wells, tenor saxophonist Chu Berry and drummer Sid Catlett. In those early years he was also in demand as an arranger supreme, especially by Duke Ellington.

To give you just some idea as to his importance to the Jazz world, he soon came to be nicknamed The King by his contemporaries and, before his death at age 96 on July 12, 2003, he was the 1986 recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award by The National Endowment For The Arts, the 1987 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, a Grammy for his solo Prelude To A Kiss in 1994, the same year he received a Hollywood Walk Of Fame star. Three years before his death, in 2000, President Bill Clinton personally pinned on him the National Medal Of Arts from The National Endowment For The Arts.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Lester on September 2, 2007
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Pelo fato de ter sido uma pessoa absolutamente normal durante toda sua longa carreira, Carter não costuma ser muito festejado nos meios jazzísticos. Sem a ira dionisíaca de um Charles Mingus, sem a excentricidade esquizofrênica de um Thelonious Monk e sem o sorriso perigoso de Duke Ellington, Carter dificilmente é citado como um dos maiores músicos do jazz. É grande o engano ou flagrante a injustiça colocá-lo no segundo escalão.

Carter é, entre outras coisas, o melhor arranjador da transição entre as décadas de 1920 e 1930, época em que Heisenberg proclamava o princípio da incerteza na Física. Tendo aprendido o ofício da orquestração por conta própria, chegou a rivalizar e até mesmo superar alguns mestres da época, como Don Redman. Fugindo ao modelo de sucesso fácil oferecido pelo swing, estilo que assolava o EUA nesses tempos, Carter construiu uma obra genial com humildade, independência e sensibilidade. Sua obra somente pode ser comparada à montanhesca criação da dupla Ellington & Strayhorn. Ao contrário do trabalho de Ellington, essencialmente instrumental, as composições de Carter são extremamente `cantáveis', característica que comprova sua veia de grande solista.

Além do trabalho como arranjador e compositor, Carter era um exímio instrumentista, capaz de cantar, tocar piano, trombone, trompete e os saxofones soprano, alto e tenor. Embora excelente trompetista, foi com o sax alto que Carter se destaca como um dos mais importantes improvisadores do jazz: suave, doce e tranqüilo, nem mesmo a velocidade assustadora imposta por Charlie Parker foi capaz de ofuscar a beleza de seus solos.
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