Benny Carter – Jazz Giant

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A high-profile musician, arranger, and bandleader since the 1920s, Benny Carter was still in full command of his powers in the 1950s, as JAZZ GIANT attests. There are healthy doses of ’50s bop on the seven cuts here, but anchoring it all is the classic swing for which Carter is best known. Equally impressive are Carter’s sidemen, which include saxophonist Ben Webster, guitarist Barney Kessel, and drummer Shelly Manne, among other luminaries. Top notch performances all around make this a gem that will satisfy fans of old-school jazz and ’50s bop alike.

Recorded in Los Angeles, California on June 11, July 22, October 7, 1957 and April 21, 1958.

Personnel: Benny Carter (alto saxophone, trumpet); Ben Webster (saxophone); Frank Rosolino (trombone); Andre Previn, Jimmy Rowles (piano); Leroy Vinnegar (bass); Shelly Manne (drums).

Tracklist

01. Old Fashioned Love
02. I’m Coming Virginia
03. A Walkin’ Thing
04. Blue Lou
05. Ain’t She Sweet
06. How Can You Lose
07. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me

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