Benny Carter


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Volume eleven in the complete Classics Benny Carter chronology presents 14 outstanding tracks recorded during the summer and autumn of 1954 and subsequently released on producer Norman Granz's Norgran label. Recorded in Los Angeles on June 23, 1954, tracks one through eight are strikingly beautiful studies for alto saxophone with backing by pianist Don Abney, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Louie Bellson. These are some of the loveliest selections in the entire Benny Carter discography. Back in New York on September 14, 1954, Carter waxed four more standards in the company of trombonist Bill Harris and Granz's preferred rhythm section: Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Buddy Rich. On Carter's own "Marriage Blues" and Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" Dizzy Gillespie joined the group, blew his horn and stirred things up a bit.

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