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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000046LV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's Not About The Melody by Betty Carter

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Betty Carter titled this album It's Not About the Melody not because she doesn't care about the melody but because she knows that the success of a jazz vocal depends on something deeper than tunefulness. Her new recording, in fact, is full of melody, for Carter exults not only in the opening themes of the 11 jazz standards and originals she tackles but also in the brand new, equally memorable strains she creates through her improvisations and variations. She's nonetheless correct; the triumph of this album derives not from the shape of the songs but from the intense emotional commitment behind the songs. --Geoffrey Himes

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lily on January 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This cd is absolutely stunning. Most of the tracks are wonderfully melodic and are just perfect for listening on those nice quiet evenings. Betty Carter is one of my absolute favorite vocalists. Her signature moodiness and expressiveness is up front and center. Her musicians are topnotch. If you're a Betty Carter fan, you will *not* be disappointed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Casciano on February 9, 2007
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I've been listening to this CD for about 8 years and still enjoy, actually, enjoy it even more than when I first purchase it! It is a wonderful musical journey. As the other raters expressed, you have to be patient and caring and really take this album apart to see it's beauty. Betty is fabulous!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2007
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I first saw and heard Betty Carter in 1981 at the Kansas City Jazz Festival. I instantly became a huge fan, collecting every album I could, solo or duo with Carmen MCrae, and I even got to see her in character roles ("Auntie") on The Bill Cosby Show. This CD has Betty and trio quick, cool, and oh so witty; swinging on "I Should Care" and "In the Still of the Night"; velvety and suave on "When It's Sleepy Time Down South"; and dreamy and lovely on "You're Mine You". Swing, dream,and samba into the night with this one!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By freddiefreejazz on December 23, 2004
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Like most of Betty Carter's albums, this one demands patience, attention, availability. You cannnot appreciate HER music if you want to discover all the riches at once. If you're a man, you got to be a gentleman. It's been three days now that I keep listening to "It's not about the melody". I did not want to talk about it, because it's so beautiful... You know what I mean? It's a bit like when you got a beautiful girlfriend, you're not going to yell at everybody that you've got a beautiful girl friend, are you?... See what I mean? ... Huh, what did I say? nothing. OK, I must be going now........
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