One of the most important yet often overlooked figures in jazz, Benny Carter marked the years covered by this disc writing charts for Fletcher Henderson's classic early big band, leading the Chocolate Dandies group and his own big bands, playing in Europe, and rubbing shoulders with the young lions of bebop -- and that leaves out the five decades plus he's recently tackled by continuing to gig and record, write TV and movie scores, and wow fans all over the world. EPM delivers 20 stellar cuts from that early 1929-1945 stretch, including such classic Carter numbers as "Krazy Kapers," "Savoy Stampede," and "Everybody Shuffle." Fine contributions by the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Django Reinhardt, Max Roach, and Fats Waller seal the deal. Excellent.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook
feat: Spike Hughes