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Benny Carter

To say that Benny Carter had a remarkable and productive career would be an extreme understatement. As an altoist, arranger, composer, bandleader, and occasional trumpeter, Carter was at the top of his field since at least 1928, and in the late '90s, Carter was as strong an altoist at the age of 90 as he was in 1936 (when he was merely 28). His gradually evolving style did not change much through the decades, but neither did it become at all stale or predictable except in its excellence. Benny Carter was a major figure in every decade of the 20th century since the 1920s, and his consistency and longevity were unprecedented.

Essentially self-taught, Benny Carter started on the trumpet and, after a period on C-melody sax, switched to alto. In 1927, he made his recording debut with Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten. The following year, he had his first big band (working at New York's Arcadia Ballroom) and was contributing arrangements to Fletcher Henderson and even Duke Ellington. Carter was with Henderson during 1930-1931, briefly took over McKinney's Cotton Pickers, and then went back to leading his own big band (1932-1934). Already at this stage he was considered one of the two top altoists in jazz (along with Johnny Hodges), a skilled arranger and composer ("Blues in My Heart" was an early hit and would be followed by "When Lights Are Low"), and his trumpet playing was excellent; Carter would also record on tenor, clarinet (an instrument he should have played more), and piano, although his rare vocals show that even he was human.

In 1935, Benny Carter moved to Europe, where in London he was a staff arranger for the BBC dance orchestra (1936-1938); he also recorded in several European countries. Carter's "Waltzing the Blues" was one of the very first jazz waltzes. He returned to the U.S. in 1938, led a classy but commercially unsuccessful big band (1939-1941), and then headed a sextet. In 1943, he relocated permanently to Los Angeles, appearing in the film Stormy Weather (as a trumpeter with Fats Waller) and getting lucrative work writing for the movie studios. He would lead a big band off and on during the next three years (among his sidemen were J.J. Johnson, Miles Davis, and Max Roach) before giving up on that effort. Carter wrote for the studios for over 50 years, but he continued recording as an altoist (and all-too-rare trumpeter) during the 1940s and '50s, making a few tours with Jazz at the Philharmonic and participating on some of Norman Granz's jam-session albums. By the mid-'60s, his writing chores led him to hardly playing alto at all, but he made a full "comeback" by the mid-'70s, and maintained a very busy playing and writing schedule even at his advanced age. Even after the rise of such stylists as Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, and David Sanborn (in addition to their many followers), Benny Carter still ranks near the top of alto players. His concert and recording schedule remained active through the '90s, slowing only at the end of the millenium. After eight amazing decades of writing and playing, Benny Carter passed away quietly on July 13, 2003 at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 95. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Benny Carter - Jazz Icons From The Golden Era

1. I Get A Kick Out Of You

2. I'm Coming Virginia

4. Cocktails For Two

5. Just Imagine

6. Sweet Lorraine

7. Symphony In Riffs

8. All Alone

9. Waltzing The Blues

11. Swing It

13. Somebody Loves Me

14. Blues In My Heart

15. Nightfall

16. Mary Lou

17. Gin And Jive

18. Lonesome Nights

19. Swingin At Maida Vale

20. Ive Got Two Lips

21. Who's Sorry Now

23. Lazy Afternoon

25. If I Could Be With You

26. Someone To Watch Over Me

27. Thou Swell

28. Love For Sale

29. Nagasaki

30. A Monday Date

31. Farewell Blues

32. In A Little Spanish Town

33. Laugh Clown Laugh

34. When Lights Are Low

35. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good

36. My Blue Heaven

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Track List: All That Jazz - Live At Princeton

1. Introduction

2. Hackensack

3. I'm Beginning To See The Light

4. Misty

5. Now's The Time

6. Almost Like Being In Love

7. When Sunny Gets Blue

8. All That Jazz

9. We Were In Love

10. Blues Walk

11. All Of Me

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Track List: Live Broadcasts 1939-1948

1. Theme Liebestram (May 20, 1939 Savoy Ballroom)

2. My Heart Has Wings (May 20, 1939 Savoy Ballroom)

3. Oh! Lady Be Good (May 20, 1939 Savoy Ballroom)

4. Big Wig In The Wigwam (May 20, 1939 Savoy Ballroom)

5. Melancholy Lullaby (May 20, 1939 Savoy Ballroom)

6. Stardust (May 5, 1940 Guest Artist Chamber Society Of Lower Basin Street Broadcast)

7. Honeysuckle Rose (May 5, 1940 Guest Artist Chamber Society Of Lower Basin Street Broadcast)

8. Stompin' At The Savoy (Jubilee Show No. 4 December 18, 1942)

9. Ol' Man River (Jubilee Show No. 4 December 18, 1942)

10. Fish Fry (March 24, 1943 Blueberry Hill Pilot Show)

11. Jubilee Jump (March 1945 Jubilee Show No. 126)

12. The Early Boyd (March 1945 Jubilee Show No. 136)

13. Untitled Jump (March 1945 Jubilee Show No. 129)

14. Hop, Skip And Jump (April 1946 Jubilee No. 184)

15. I Can't Get Started (April 1946 Jubilee No. 184)

16. Jump Call (April 1946 Jubilee No. 184)

17. Congaroo (February 1948 Jubilee No. 284)

18. Original Jelly Roll Blues (February 1948 Jubilee No. 284)

19. Bop Bounce (February 1948 Jubilee No. 284)

20. One O'Clock Jump (February 1948 Jubilee No. 284)

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Track List: Benny Carter With Strings

1. Isn't It Romantic

2. Some Other Spring

3. These Things You Left Me

4. Round Midnight

5. Alone Together

6. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered (Feat. Oscar Peterson)

7. Cocktails For Two

8. Key Largo

9. I'll Be Around

10. Beautiful Love

11. Blue Star

12. Flamingo

13. With A Song In My Heart

14. Can't We Be Friends

15. Symphony

16. I'm Sorry

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Track List: New York Nights

1. What Is This Thing Called Love?

2. Easy Money

3. The Shadow Of Your Smile

4. Secret Love

5. When Lights Are Low

6. On Green Dolphin Street

7. But Beautiful

8. Just In Time

9. Perdido

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Track List: New Jazz Sounds: The Benny Carter Verve Story

Disc 1

1. Isn't It Romantic

2. Some Other Spring

3. These Things You Left Me

4. 'Round Midnight

5. Alone Together

6. Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered (Feat. Oscar Peterson)

7. Cocktails For Two

8. Key Largo

9. I'll Be Around

10. Beautiful Love

11. Blue Star

12. Flamingo

13. With A Song In My Heart

14. Can't We Be Friends

15. Symphony

16. I'm Sorry

17. 'Round Midnight

18. 'Round Midnight (Alternate Take II)

19. Alone Together

20. Bewitched

21. Bewitched (Alternate Take II)

22. Cocktails For Two

23. Cocktails For Two (Alternate Take II)

24. Cocktails For Two (Alternate Take III)

25. Key Largo

26. Key Largo (Alternate Take II)

Disc 2

1. I Still Love Him So (Feat. Benny Carter)

2. The Moon Is Low

3. I Missed My Hat

4. Medley: I Remember You

5. Polite Blues

6. Close Your Eyes

7. Where's Art?

8. I Don't Know

9. Striding

10. Wailing

11. The Moon Is Low

12. I Missed My Hat

13. Close Your Eyes

14. Just One Of Those Things

15. The Marriage Blues

16. Street Scene

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Track List: Cosmopolite: The Oscar Peterson Verve Sessions

1. Gone With The Wind

2. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good

3. Long Ago And Far Away

4. I've Got The World On A String

5. Street Scene

6. Imagination

7. Pick Yourself Up

8. I Get A Kick Out Of You

9. Laura

10. That Old Black Magic

11. Angel Eyes

12. The Song Is You

13. A Foggy Day

14. You Took Advantage Of Me

15. Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)

16. Prisoner Of Love

17. Frenesi

18. Gone With The Wind (Alternate Take)

19. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) Alternate Take

20. Long Ago And Far Away (Alternate Take)

21. I've Got The World On A String Alternate Take

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Track List: Elegy In Blue

1. Did You Call Her Today? (For Ben Webster)

2. Ceora

3. Good Queen Bess

4. Prelude To A Kiss

5. Little Jazz

6. Blue Monk

7. Someday You'll Be Sorry

8. Nuages

9. Undecided

10. Elegy In Blue

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Track List: Harlem Renaissance

Disc 1

1. Vine Street Rumble

2. Sao Paulo

3. I Can't Get Started

4. Stockholm Sweetnin'

5. Evening Star

6. How High The Moon

Disc 2

1. Tales Of The Rising Sun Suite: August Moon

2. Tales Of The Rising Sun Suite: Teatime

3. Tales Of The Rising Sun Suite: Song Of Long Ago

4. Tales Of The Rising Sun Suite: Samurai Song

5. Tales Of The Rising Sun Suite: Chow Chow

6. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Lament For Langston

7. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Sugar Hill Slow Drag

8. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Happy Feet

9. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Sunday Morning

10. Harlem Renaissance Suite: Happy Feet - Reprise

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Track List: The Verve Small Group Sessions

1. Little Girl Blue

2. June In January

3. Jeepers Creepers

4. Rosetta

5. The Birth Of The Blues

6. When Your Lover Has Gone

7. The Moon Is Low

8. The Love Of Mine

9. Moonglow

10. My One And Only Love

11. Our Love Is Here To Stay

12. This Can't Be Love

13. Tenderly

14. Unforgettable

15. Ruby

16. Moon Song

17. Don't You Think

18. Will You Still Be Mine

19. We'll Be Together Again

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Track List: In The Mood For Swing

1. I'm In The Mood For Swing

2. Another Time, Another Place

3. The Courtship

4. Rock Me To Sleep

5. Janel

6. The Romp

7. Summer Serenade

8. Not So Blue

9. You, Only You

10. Blue Moonlight

11. South Side Samba

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Track List: The Complete Benny Carter

4. Stairway To The Stars

5. Bye Bye Blues

6. Bye Bye Blues

7. Bye Bye Blues

8. I Don't Know Why I Love You

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Track List: Sax A La Carter

1. And The Angels Sing

2. Everything I Have Is Yours

3. I Understand

4. All Or Nothing At All

5. I'll Never Smile Again

6. If I Loved You

7. Far Away Places

8. I Should Care

9. For All We Know

11. The One I Love (Belongs To Someone Else)

12. Moon Of Manakoora

13. Ennui

14. Friendly Islands

15. Friendly Islands (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Jazz Giant

1. Old Fashioned Love

2. I'm Coming Virginia

3. A Walkin' Thing

4. Blue Lou

5. Ain't She Sweet

6. How Can You Lose

7. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me

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Track List: Swingin' The '20s

1. Thou Swell

2. My Blue Heaven

3. Just Imagine

4. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)

5. Sweet Lorraine

6. Who's Sorry Now

7. Who's Sorry Now (Alternate Take)

8. Laugh! Clown! Laugh!

9. Laugh! Clown! Laugh! (Alternate Take)

10. All Alone

11. All Alone (Alternate Take)

12. Mary Lou

13. In A Little Spanish Town

14. Someone To Watch Over Me

15. A Monday Date

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King o I 8k
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mszd
He was a monster! No one has ever done what he did - reaching the highest levels on both sax and trumpet. Not to mention his writing and arranging. Amazing!
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Just a beautiful man/talent -a superb master of tone & nuance! influenced others so much too! You can hear it in others following on that we love too!
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bhightower39
I love and miss u Grandpa...
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I had an Lp where Benny Carter was with Lou Rawls.
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Re: Benny Carter's Our Love is Here To Stay Is the opening intro a violin I'm hearing leading into Carter's solo?
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Would Love to hear something from Jazz Giant or Further Definitions Benny
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Beautiful!
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Nice!
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What a gorgeous tone.
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why don't they have the older recordings on pandora? "Keep a Song in Your Soul" (1930)? Maybe never made into cd?
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