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Further Definitions [Import]

Benny CarterAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: American Jazz Class
  • ASIN: B006A9XRXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered two-fer containing a pair of albums from the Jazz great. Contains the complete album Further Definitions, which showcases the leader in the company of fellow horn men Coleman Hawkins, Phil Woods and Charlie Rouse. The complete 1958 Carter LP Jazz Giant, which also features Benny with great horn players (Ben Webster and Frank Rosolino) has been added as a bonus. Includes 20-page booklet. American Jazz Classics.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those well-produced two-for-one CD's that give you a nice bang for your buck. In late 1961 noted altoist, trumpeter, arranger, and composer Benny Carter went into the studio with a group that included Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Rouse, Phil Woods, and the great Jo Jones on drums. The eight tracks they recorded were released as the epochal Further Definitions album and comprise the first eight tracks on this CD. The second eight comprise the 1966 album Additions To Further Definitions, which could be thought of as a kind of "bonus album" on the CD. The Further Definitions material is wonderful. The rich sonority of the four reeds coupled with snappy arrangements make for energetic, punchy versions of swing standards such as "Honeysuckle Rose," "Crazy Rhythm," and "Cotton Tail" and for beautiful, mesmerizing ballads. The climax is "Body and Soul" which features Carter's new arrangement of Hawkins's renowned 1939 solo; everyone shines on it, but Hawkins outdoes himself. The second album isn't as good, but it's hard to compete with a lineup like Woods/Hawkins/Rouse/Jones. It's not bad, but not a classic---nice to have as an extra though. All possible kudos to Michael Cuscuna for this excellently produced reissue, original liner notes and all. If you don't have Further Definitions on vinyl you should get this at once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz as a Work of Art March 4, 2002
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Combine superb solos with tight ensemble playing and you get a superior performance. Add genius to the mix and you get Further Definitions. A group of jazz All-Stars gets together and you get great solos. But, these great stars (Phil Woods, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Joe Jones) give you as tight a performance as any established band. Listen, and you know these guys wanted to be in that studio together. "The Midnight Sun will Never Set" is a classic. It's a performance blessed from above.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously good. February 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The album is so good, swings so hard and the arrangements are exellent. All of the players-Carter, Hawkins, Rouse, and Woods-are in top form backed by a superb rhythm section. Definitely get this if you have any interest in jazz whatsoever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered or not, it's awesome. January 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
My copy is the first CD release of "Further Definitions: The Complete Further Definitions Sessions" -- the copy listed here is a digitally remastered version of the copy I own. Get your hands on either one. As other reviewers have noted, the 1st 8 tracks are from a 1961 recording session and the remaining 8 were recorded with differing personnel in 1966. These latter tracks were produced more along the lines of Oliver Nelson's "Blues and the abstract truth" -- also from Impulse. In fact the cover design will look hauntingly familiar. Never mind, this CD is definately worth owning. I rate it as my 3rd favorite recording with Benny Carter, with "3, 4, 5 The Verve Small Group Sessions" as #1.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of both September 3, 2012
By andyb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Quite simply you can't go wrong with this package because it combines the best of two great Benny Carter albums "Further Definitions" and "Jazz Giants." Each has its own merits although I prefer "Further Definitions" because it is more progressive than the laid back "Jazz Giants." There are individual releases of each album with extra cuts and so forth but they add little to the essential greatness of this "two-fer" collection.

Benny Carter's contribution to jazz has long been under-rated. Few jazz musicians had a career that spanned so many decades. He is the Renaissance man of jazz, the one who could seemingly do it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully defined October 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Since other comments gave more or less my opinion of this two-in-one CD, let me just add in my mother tongue da je rijec o jednom od najljepsih i najelegantnijih primjera "mejnstrim" jazza sto sam ih u zadnje vrijeme èuo...
Carter je, naravno, sasvim na visini, a s obzirom na sjajnu ekipu oko njega (Hawk, Monkov omiljeni suradnik Charlie Rouse, bubnjar Jo Jones, jos jedan veliki altist Phil Woods...) nije ni èudno da tako dobar aranzer i sviraè ostvari sjajne snimke.

Drugi album s ovog CD-a (dakle, druga polovica CD-a), "Additions to further definitions", s Budom Shankom, Teddyjem Edwardsom, Rayom Brownom i drugima tek je nesto manje dojmljiv.
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