Friday, March 4, 2011

Benny Carter

This CD reissues an enjoyable obscurity. Although originally associated with big bands, the set has what was Benny Carter's only big-band recording as a playing leader during 1947-86. While the song titles are a bit gimmicky, saluting the 12 months of the year (including "June in January," "I'll Remember April," "June Is Busting Out All Over," etc.), the music (which includes four alternate takes) is solid, mainstream big-band swing. The less familiar titles include four Carter originals written for the date, plus Hal Schaefer's "February Fiesta." The leader/altoist solos on every selection, and among the other top West Coast studio players featured are trumpeters Shorty Sherock, Pete Candoli and Joe Gordon, trombonists Frank Rosolino and Herbie Harper, vibraphonist Larry Bunker, pianists Arnold Ross and Gerry Wiggins, and guitarist Barney Kessel. Two overlapping big bands were utilized, and the music alternates between being forceful and lyrical.
Scott Yanow
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Benny Carter


1 June in January (Rainger, Robin) 3:12
2 February Fiesta (Schaefer) 1:54
3 March Wind (Carter) 3:16
4 I'll Remember April (DePaul, Johnston, Johnston, Raye) 3:21
5 One Morning in May (Carmichael, Parish) 2:49
6 June Is Bustin' Out All Over (Hammerstein, Rodgers) 2:59
7 Sleigh Ride in July (Burke, VanHeusen) 2:50
8 August Moon (Carter, Liebert) 3:39
9 September Song (Anderson, Weill) 2:39
10 Something for October (Carter) 2:52
11 Swingin' in November (Carter) 3:02
12 Roses in December (Jessel, Magidson, Oakland) 2:36
13 February Fiesta (Schaefer) 1:55
14 June Is Bustin' Out All Over (Hammerstein, Rodgers 3:00
15 August Moon (Carter, Liebert) 3:33
16 Swingin' in November (Carter) 3:05

[# 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 13 & 15]
Benny Carter - as
Conrad Gozzo, Shorty Sherock, Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey - tp
Tommy Pederson, Herbie Harper, George Roberts - tb
Buddy Collette, Bill Green, Justin Gordon, Chuck Gentry - reeds
Arnold Ross - p
Bobby Gibbons - g
Joe Comfort - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Larry Bunker - vb & bng
[# 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14 & 16]
Benny Carter - as & tp
Al Porcino, Stu Williamson, Ray Triscari, Joe Gordon - tp
Frank Rosolino, Tommy Pederson, Russ Brown - tb
Buddy Collette, Bill Green, Jewel Grant, Plas Johnson - reeds
Gerald Wiggins - p
Barney Kessel - g
Joe Comfort - b
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles ; late Summer, 1958.


Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Thank You

Baron said...

Thanks Mel for Aspects ... Baron

Phillip said...

A wonderful album, although the balance of the early stereo is a little 'off' at times, and the alternative mono takes at the end can be preferable. Imaginative charts, glorious playing from Carter and, in 'August Moon', a haunting beautiful musical idea. Thank you so much for posting.

wouter said...

thank you for an enjoayble benny carter album, mel!

Blue Eyes said...

Splendid arrangement of Benny Carter in this session, I ♥ it! Thanks a lot Mel for this lossless upgrade !

Kneigh said...

Thanx much for this very enjoyable Benny Carter post, Melanchthon!!


Orbyt said...

A Benny Carter I don't have, what a treat. Many thanks Mel.

Newmill Mark said...

Great looking album, really looking forward to hearing it. Thanks for all your great work, I've enjoyed several of your shares and I'm very grateful for the chance to hear a lot of stuff I never would otherwise. Cheers!