Betty Carter

What a Little Moonlight Can Do

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All of the music on this out-of-print two-LP set from 1976 has since been reissued by Impulse on the single CD I Can't Help It. It offers listeners a definitive overview of vocalist Betty Carter's early recordings when her singing was more closely tied to the swing/bop tradition than it would become. There are many highlights to the program (including "I Can't Help It," "Don't Weep for the Lady" and "Jazz (Ain't Nothin' but Soul)" with the accompaniment ranging from a large orchestra to a smaller jazz group with such players as trumpeters Ray Copeland and Kenny Dorham, Benny Golson or Jerome Richardson on tenor and pianist Wynton Kelly. The music is easily recommended, in one form or another.