This is a nice and tidy taste of some early Benny Carter-led sides, including a clutch of tracks both by the Chocolate Dandies and Carter's own orchestra. Some of the best music from the early swing era is on display, with Carter demonstrating his incredible range both as a composer/arranger ("Blue Interlude," "Devil's Holiday") and multi-instrumentalist (tenor and alto sax, clarinet). He also knew how to put amazing bands together, peopling his many contingents with the likes of Chu Berry, J.C. Higginbotham, Teddy Wilson, Max Kaminsky, and Sid Catlett, among many other important soloists. Even the obligatory vocal side, "Synthetic Love," stays true to Carter's penchant for style and grace. A fine way to start your Benny Carter collection.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook