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Central City Sketches

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One of the many Benny Carter recordings cut after he returned to jazz on a full-time basis in the mid-'70s, this double-LP set is the jewel among the seemingly countless number of gems. Eight of Carter's compositions are performed by the all-star American Jazz Orchestra ("Doozy" gets two versions) along with his old theme song "Sleep" and his recently written six-part "Central City Sketches." Virtually every player in this big band was a potential star soloist; among the more notable musicians are trombonist Jimmy Knepper, tenors Lew Tabackin and Loren Schoenberg and either John Lewis or Dick Katz on piano. But, as is often the case, Benny Carter frequently steals solo honors and his brief trumpet spot on "Central City Blues" is memorable.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:23
2 5:02
3 2:56
4 3:28
5 3:09
6 4:16
7 4:24
8 3:21
9 3:37
10 3:27
11 5:10
12 4:41
13 7:00
14 4:39
15 4:09
16 7:01
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