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I Can't Help It

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This CD compiles two very different sessions from 1958 and 1960, presenting contrasting sides of the great bop vocalist Betty Carter. The first is with an outstanding 13-piece big band, with thoughtful arrangements by several band members including trombonist Melba Liston, altoist Gigi Gryce, tenorist Benny Golson, and trumpeter Ray Copeland. The setting suits the bop side of Carter perfectly; her approach challenges and matches the horn solos of Golson and trumpeter Kenny Dorham. The second session, with a string orchestra arranged and conducted by Richard Wess, emphasizes the gentler, ballad side of Carter's repertoire, but she hardly sounds repressed. The renditions of "My Reverie" and "Stormy Weather" show what Carter can do with a song in even the most formal settings. --Stuart Broomer


1. I Can'y Help It
2. By The Bend Of The River
3. Babe's Blue
4. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
5. But Beautiful
6. All I've Got
7. You're Driving Me Crazy
8. Foul Play
9. On The Isle Of May
10. Make It Last
11. The Bluebird Of Happiness
12. Something Wonderful
13. For You
14. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
15. Remember
16. At Sundown
17. Mean To Me
18. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire
19. On The Alamo
20. Jazz (Ain't Nothing But Soul)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 7, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Impluse/GRP Records
  • ASIN: B000003N6D
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
She had a very unique voice, but she sure could improvise, swing and sing jazz. This CD was previosly released as "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" on 2 lp's in the 80's. It includes the entire LP "The Modern Sound Of Betty Carter" with arrangements by Bobby Darin's arranger. A swingin' session, with a great but unique jazz vocalist, Betty Carter's vocal tone is probably the closest any human voice has ever came to sounding like a jazz musician playing a saxaphone or a trumpet. This CD comes highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some of the songs here may be familiar to fans of the Great American Songbook, but Betty's versions are distinctive. Betty was not one to pander to commercialism so her records were not promoted as much as they deserved, despite the enthusiastic support of Ray Charles, who recorded some duets with her (not included here). Betty's music is rooted in jazz but has plenty of soul in it. Betty could sing ballads and up-tempo songs equally effectively, though the up-tempo songs allow her excellent musicians to show their talents also and I generally prefer these.
The most familiar songs here are You're getting to be a habit with me (recorded by many singers from Bing Crosby in the thirties to Diana Krall in the nineties, but Betty's version is among the best), But beautiful, Something wonderful, What a little moonlight can do (my favorite here - a truly outstanding version of this classic up-tempo song), Mean to me, I don't want to set the world on fire, Stormy weather (normally associated with Lena Horne or Ethel Waters, but there have been countless versions) and My reverie (originally sung by Bea Wain).
If you enjoy the music of Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holliday, you may find Betty's music to your liking. Despite the absence of her duets with Ray Charles (available elsewhere), this is a fine representation of Betty's music.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tenli Yavneh on May 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was driving in my car listening to a local jazz station play their daily uninterrupted noon CD, and this wonderful album completely mesmerized me. Unfortunately, having missed the beginning and arriving at my destination before the end, I did not hear whose work it was. The music stayed with me for days, until finally I had to track down the station's web site so I could identify the singer and the songs. Then I immediately went to amazon and ordered it. Haven't stopped listening to it since it arrived, and it only gets better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Before hearing this cd I had never heard of Betty Carter before but as soon as I heard the first track I wondered how she isn't known as the greatest jazz singer of all time! She has the best jazz voice I've ever heard, blowing even Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald out of the water. Her scat solos are phenominal! She adapts so well to the backgrounds being played behind her solos and she does such a good job of making her voice sound like a horn its crazy. My personal favorite solo of hers is on "You're Driving Me Crazy". This 24 track cd shows Betty's wide stylistic range. She sings songs ranging from the slow bluesy "I Can't Help It" to the fast swingin "You're Driving Me Crazy" I love every song on this cd! Even if the song's not all that good, Betty makes it enjoyable. Definitly buy this cd, I would recomend it to anyone!
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