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Further Definitions Import

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Digitally re-mastered 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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Honeysuckle Rose 3:54
  2. The Midnight Sun Will Never Set 4:01
  3. Crazy Rhythm 3:26
  4. Blue Star 5:24
  5. Cotton Tail 4:28
  6. Body and Soul 4:13
  7. Cherry 4:57
  8. Doozy 3:33
  9. Old Fashioned Love 7:51*
  10. I'm Coming Virginia 5:49*
  11. A Walkin' Thing 6:01*
  12. Blue Lou 4:59*
  13. Ain't She Sweet 3:41*
  14. How Can You Lose 6.15*
  15. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me 4:40*


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: American Jazz Class
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • ASIN: B006A9XRXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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I have both albums comprising this series--"Further Definitions" (1962) and "Additions" (1966)--but both, sadly, are shredded from excessive play on turntables with overweighted tone arms. Having them both on a compilation CD is the equivalent of having a complete selection of Shakespeare or Faulkner. It's priceless, timeless music exhibiting the genius of Benny Carter and the freedom plus democracy of America's indigenous (albeit shamefully neglected) art at its best.

This meeting of jazz immortals (but don't take them for granted! they're too vitally essential to deserve sentencing to some other, non-earthly realm) includes some unlikely super heroes--creative giants who may not be featured in the jazz history book as prominently as Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Coleman Hawkins, and Joe Jones but who have earned their wings nonetheless. Charlie Rouse was one of the most flexible voices on tenor of the past century. He appeared on all 8 of the albums Thelonious Monk made for Columbia Records after becoming one of the music's most publicized stars. No tenor player--not John Griffin, Sonny Rollins or John Coltrane--adapted to Monk's playful elliptical lines as readily as Rouse. But he also shone brightly in the ensemble he formed with Julius Watkins (French horn)--an unusual yet tuneful and swinging group, called Les Jazz Modes. Although the discography under his own name is relatively short, he never made a bad album (unlike, for example, Hawk, who simply experienced the erosion of his chops in his last several years). A stellar Rouse performance is "Weirdo" from the album "Takin' Care of Business," one of the best tenor solos on record.
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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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Benny Carter was one of the true masters of jazz.
This early 60's session finds him in the company of his long time friend and associate, Coleman Hawkins, another master of the art.
Throw in Charlie Rouse and Phil Woods (that's just the horns) plus Jo Jones and you have a date that swings from first note to last.

As a bonus, there is another mid-sixties date added to this package.
While not as essential as the Further Definitions session, it does feature some nice writing by Benny.
There is also some strong playing by the likes of Teddy Edwards, Buddy Collette and Bill Hood.
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