Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Benny Carter & His Orchestra ''Further Definitions''

Benny Carter & His Orchestra

''Further Definitions''
(GRP/Impulse!, 1997)

Tracklisting :
01 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller) 3:54
02 The Midnight Sun Will Never Set (Cochran, Jones, Salvador) 4:01
03 Crazy Rhythm (Caesar, Kahn, Meyer) 3:26
04 Blue Star (Carter) 5:23
05 Cotton Tail (Ellington) 4:27
06 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour) 4:13
07 Cherry (Gilbert, Redman) 4:56
08 Doozy (Carter) 3:36
09 Fantastic, That's You (Cates, Greene, Thiele) 6:15
10 Come on Back (Carter) 4:18
11 We Were in Love (Carter) 4:31
12 If Dreams Come True (Goodman, Mills, Sampson) 5:53
13 Prohibido (Carter) 3:25
14 Doozy (Carter) 5:37
15 Rock Bottom (Carter) 4:19
16 Titmouse (Carter) 3:02

Personnel :
Tracks 1-8 : Further Definitions
Benny Carter, Alto sax
Phil Woods, Alto sax
Coleman Hawkins, Tenor sax
Charlie Rouse, Tenor sax
John Collins, Guitar
Jimmy Garrison, Bass
Jo Jones, Drums

Recorded November 1961 in New York City

Tracks 9-16 : Additions To Further Definitions
Benny Carter, Alto sax
Bud Shank, Alto sax
Teddy Edwards, Tenor sax
Bill Hood, Baritone sax
Don Abney, Piano
Ray Brown, Bass
Alvin Stoller, Drums

Recorded March 1966 in Los Angeles

Tracks 9, 10, 12, 13 : add Buddy Collette, Tenor sax ; Barney Kessel, Guitar
Tracks 11, 14-16 : add Bill Perkins, Tenor sax ; Mundell Lowe, Guitar

Review :
This essential single-set combines altoist/arranger Benny Carter's classic Further Definitions with the related Additions to Further Definitions. The former set was a revisit, instrumentation-wise, to the famous 1937 session that Carter and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins made in France with two top European saxophonists (Andre Ekyan and Alix Combelle) and guitarist Django Reinhardt. The all-star group (which also includes Hawkins, altoist Phil Woods, Charlie Rouse on second tenor, pianist Dick Katz, guitarist John Collins, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Jo Jones) performs a particularly inspired repertoire. Carter's charts, which allow Hawkins to stretch out on "Body and Soul," give everyone a chance to shine. "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Crazy Rhythm" hold their own with the 1937 versions, and "Blue Star" and "Doozy" prove to be two of Carter's finest originals. The second date does not quite reach the same heights, but is enjoyable in its own right. This time, Carter contributed six of the eight selections (including a remake of "Doozy"), and the band was gathered from jazzmen then working in the L.A. studios, including Carter and Bud Shank on altos, and tenors Teddy Edwards and either Buddy Collette or Bill Perkins. Although Benny Carter was not actively playing much at the time (this was his only small-group recording during 1963-1975), he is heard in typically prime form. Very highly recommended.
by Scott Yanow [AMG]

Benny Carter & His Orchestra - Further Definitions [1961 & 1966]
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