Benny Carter

1937-1939

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The fourth CD in Classics' complete chronological reissue of Benny Carter's early recordings as a leader finds Carter (on alto, trumpet, clarinet, tenor and even one vocal) leading orchestras in London, Laren, the Hague, Paris and (for the final three selections) New York. Highpoints include "Nagasaki," "I'm in the Mood for Swing," "Blues in My Heart," "I'm Coming Virginia" (from a three-song session that also features Django Reinhardt) and "Melancholy Lullaby." In addition, the great tenor Coleman Hawkins plays a prominent role on four of the performances. Carter is in top form throughout these often formerly rare but very vital swing recordings. His fans should quickly acquire all of these invaluable Classics releases.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:58
2 2:59
3 3:07
4 3:06
5 2:35
6 3:15
7 3:02
8 2:33
9 2:31
10 2:42
11 2:58
12 3:04
13 3:06
14 2:35
15 2:47
16 3:04
17 2:59
18 2:49
19 3:03
20 3:15
21 3:06
22
2:50
23 2:57
24 2:58
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