Benny Carter

Elegy in Blue

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Benny Carter, 87 at the time of this recording, could pass musically for 57. His alto playing is as flawless as ever but 79-year-old trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison very much sounds his age and falters constantly throughout the date. Pianist Cedar Walton (who sounds for probably the only time in his career like Oscar Peterson), guitarist Mundell Lowe, bassst Ray Brown and drummer Jeff Hamilton make up a strong rhythm section but Edison and the so-so material cause this session to fall far short of its potential.

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