Arguably the most adventurous female jazz singer of all time, Betty Carter was an idiosyncratic stylist and a restless improviser who pushed the limits of melody and harmony as much as any bebop horn player. The husky-voiced Carter was capable of radical, off-the-cuff reworkings of whatever she sang, abruptly changing tempos and dynamics, or rearranging the lyrics into distinctive, off-the-beat rhythmic patterns. She could solo for 20 minutes, scat at lightning speed, or drive home an emotion with wordless, bluesy moans and sighs. She wasn't quite avant-garde, but she was definitely "out." Yet as much as Carter was fascinated by pure, abstract sound, she was also a sensitive lyric interpreter when she chose, a tender and sensual ballad singer sometimes given to suggestive asides. Her wild unpredictability kept her marginalized for much ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant 1955 Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant Epic
 
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Out There 1958 Out There Blue Moon
 
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The Modern Sound of Betty Carter 1960 The Modern Sound of Betty Carter GRP
 
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Ray Charles & Betty Carter 1961 Ray Charles & Betty Carter Analog Productions Originals
 
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'Round Midnight [1963] 1963 'Round Midnight [1963] Atlantic & Atco Remasters / Atlantic / WEA Japan
 
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Inside Betty Carter 1965 Inside Betty Carter Capitol / EMI Records / Blue Note
 
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'Round Midnight [1969] 1969 'Round Midnight [1969] Roulette Records
 
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Finally 1969 Finally Roulette Records
 
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At the Village Vanguard 1970 At the Village Vanguard Verve
 
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The Betty Carter Album 1972 The Betty Carter Album Verve
 
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Now It's My Turn 1976 Now It's My Turn Roulette Records
 
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What a Little Moonlight Can Do 1976 What a Little Moonlight Can Do ABC Music
 
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The Audience With Betty Carter 1980 The Audience With Betty Carter Verve
 
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Whatever Happened to Love? 1982 Whatever Happened to Love? Verve
 
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Jazzbuhne Berlin '85 1985 Jazzbuhne Berlin '85 Repertoire
 
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Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco 1987 Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco Great American Music Hall
 
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Look What I Got 1988 Look What I Got Verve
 
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Droppin' Things 1990 Droppin' Things Verve
 
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It's Not About the Melody 1992 It's Not About the Melody Verve
 
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Feed the Fire 1993 Feed the Fire Verve / PolyGram
 
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I Didn't Know What Time It Was 1994 I Didn't Know What Time It Was Jazzdoor
 
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Love Notes 1994 Love Notes Itm
 
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The Duets: Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco 1996 The Duets: Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco Polygram
 
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Duets: At the Great American Music Hall 1996 Duets: At the Great American Music Hall Verve
 
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I'm Yours, You're Mine 1996 I'm Yours, You're Mine Verve
 
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The Modern Sound of Betty Carter/Out There The Modern Sound of Betty Carter/Out There American Jazz Classics
 
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