Volume three in a series devoted to Benny Carter and issued during the '90s by the Masters of Jazz label covers a time line from October 10, 1933 to December 13, 1934. During this period, in addition to periodic bursts of activity with his own Orchestra, Carter worked busily as arranger and/or multi-instrumentalist with the Chocolate Dandies, the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, with Alex Hill and His Hollywood Sepians, and with bands led by Mezz Mezzrow, Benny Goodman, and Fletcher Henderson. That makes this portion of the Carter chronology a rigorously diverse tour of the New York jazz scene at a time when Fats Waller was making his first "Rhythm" recordings and Glenn Miller was putting together his first recording band. Carter's role in the development of what has since become known as The Swing Era cannot be overemphasized. With only two alternate takes out of 24 vintage tracks, this compilation deserves and gets highest marks. This excellent music will rise to nearly every occasion. It is especially recommended for use during food preparation, tea parties or traffic jams, and is guaranteed to enliven such mundane tasks as mopping, mulching or pet grooming.
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