January/February 1997

Benny Carter
Capitol Jazz & Records

Benny Carter is, I think, the only musician to rank with the very greatest arrangers and also the greatest soloists. This 1958 date was Carter's only big band session under his ownname between 1947 and 1986, and some of the arranging reflects Benny's involvement with movie music, which may make it sound dated to some but ahead of it's time to contemporary fans of film composers. Devotees of this most eloquent of jazzmen will be delighted, as much with his inspired soloing on each track as the great section writing. - Duck Baker

Originally published in January/February 1997
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