Benny Carter (as, arr), Hal Schaefer (p), Teddy Charles (vib), Joe Benjamin (b), Gus Johnson (d) / Conrad Gozzo, Pete Candoli, Joe Gordon (tp), Frank Rosolino (tb), Buddy Collette, Plas Johnson (saxes), Arnold Ross (p), Barney Kessel (g), Shelly Manne (d)
This edition contains the complete Benny Carter United Artists LP: "Plays Cole Portes Can Can and Anything Goes", playing the music of Cole Porter with arrangements by Hal Schaefer. This is the first time this album ever appears on CD. As a bonus, Benny Carters previous album, "Aspects" in its entirety, plus three extra mono takes from the same sessions.
Alto sax player/arranger/composer & band leader Carter had already been in the business for thirty years and was respected as a historic figure. Amazingly he would continue to enhance his reputation as a musician and as a major figure in the jazz world for another 40 odd years.
01. I LOVE PARIS (3:24)
02. CEST MAGNIFIQUE (3:17)
03. ITS ALL RIGHT WITH ME (3:30)
04. ALLEZ-VOUS EN, GO AWAY (3:44)
05. IM IN LOVE (3:41)
06. ANYTHING GOES (2:23)
07. ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT (3:54)
08. WALTZ DOWN THE AISLE (4:24)
09. BUDDY BEWARE (3:01)
10. YOURE THE TOP (2:55)
11. JUNE IN JANUARY (3:13)
12. FEBRUARY FIESTA (1:56)
13. MARCH WIND (3:18)
14. ILL REMEMBER APRIL (3:22)
15. ONE MORNING IN MAY (2:51)
16. JUNE IS BUSTING OUT ALL OVER (3:01)
17. SLEIGH RIDE IN JULY (2:52)
18. AUGUST MOON (3:42)
19. SEPTEMBER SONG (2:41)
20. SOMETHING FOR OCTOBER (2:55)
21. SWINGIN IN NOVEMBER (3:02)
22. ROSES IN DECEMBER (2:38)
23. JUNE IS BUSTING OUT ALL OVER [Mono take] (3:01)
24. AUGUST MOON [Mono take] (3:36)
25. SWINGIN IN NOVEMBER [Mono take] (3:05)
Total time: 79:37 min.
Tracks #1-10 from "Benny Carter Plays Cole Porter's Can-Can and Anything Goes" (United Artists UAS6055).
Tracks #11-25 from "Aspects" (United Artists UAL4017).
Personnel on tracks #1-5: Benny Carter (as, arr), Hal Schaefer (p), Joe Benjamin (b), Gus Johnson (d) and Ted Sommer (perc). Recorded in New York, October 1958.
Personnel on tracks #6-10: Benny Carter (as, arr), Teddy Charles (vib), Hal Schaefer (p), John Drew (b) and Gus Johnson (d). Recorded in New York, November 1958.
Personnel on tracks #11-12, 14-15, 18-19 & 24: Benny Carter (as, arr), Conrad Gozzo, Shorty Sherock, Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey (tp), Tommy Pederson, George Roberts, Herbie Harper (tb), Buddy Collette, Bill Green, Justin Gordon, Chuck Gentry (saxes), Larry Bunker (vib, perc), Arnold Ross (p), Bobby Gibbons (g), Joe Comfort (b) and Shelly Manne (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, September, 1958.
Personnel on tracks #13, 16-17, 20-23 & 25: Benny Carter (as, arr), Al Porcino, Stu Williamson, Ray Triscari, Joe Gordon (tp), Frank Rosolino, Tommy Pederson, Russell Brown (tb), Buddy Collette, Bill Green, Jewell Grant, Plas Johnson (saxes), Gerald Wiggins (p), Barney Kessel (g), Joe Comfort (b) and Shelly Manne (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, September, 1958.
"This CD reissues an enjoyable obscurity. Although originally associated with big bands, the set has what was Benny Carter's only big-band recording as a playing leader during 1947-86. While the song titles are a bit gimmicky, saluting the 12 months of the year (including "June in January," "I'll Remember April," "June Is Busting Out All Over," etc.), the music (which includes four alternate takes) is solid, mainstream big-band swing. The less familiar titles include four Carter originals written for the date, plus Hal Schaefer's "February Fiesta." The leader/altoist solos on every selection, and among the other top West Coast studio players featured are trumpeters Shorty Sherock, Pete Candoli and Joe Gordon, trombonists Frank Rosolino and Herbie Harper, vibraphonist Larry Bunker, pianists Arnold Ross and Gerry Wiggins, and guitarist Barney Kessel. Two overlapping big bands were utilized, and the music alternates between being forceful and lyrical."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide