Betty Carter (vcl), Kenny Dorham, Ray Copeland (tp), Melba Liston (tb), Gigi Gryce, Jimmy Powell (as), Benny Golson, Jerome Richardson (ts), Sahib Shihab (bs), Wynton Kelly (p), Sam Jones, Peck Morrison (b), Specs Wright (d)
Reference: BMCD 1622
Bar code: 8427328016223
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. For your listening pleasure again and again.
Here is a gal who can literally transform her vocal chords into an instrument a tenor sax, a trumpet, or a trombone- when-ever she wills it on or the occasion demands... never, never disrupting or marring the intrinsic musio-lyrical beauty of her reading.
01. You're Driving Me Crazy (Donaldson) 1:46
02. I Can't Help It (Carter) 2:45
03. By The Bend Of The River (Edwards-Haigh) 2:06
04. Bab's Blues (Weston-Hendricks) 2:47
05. Foul Play (Mapp) 2:20
06. You're Getting To Be A Habit (Warren-Dubin) 2:29
07. On The Isle Of May (David-Kostelanetz) 2:02
08. But Beautiful (Van Heusen-Burke) 3:56
09. All l've Got (Cole) 2:13
10. Make It Last (Paxton-Haynes) 4:27
11. Blue Bird Of Happiness (Heyman-Harmati) 1:30
12. Something Wonderful (Rodgers-Hammerstein) 3:34
Originally issued in 1958 as Peacock PLP-90
"A Peacock Progressive Jazz Presentation in Prismatic Fidelity"
Betty Carter, sings in all tracks accompanied by
Personnel in #1-6:
Kenny Dorham, Ray Copeland (tp), Melba Liston (tb), Gigi Gryce, Jimmy Powell (as), Benny Golson (ts), Sahib Shihab (bs), Wynton Kelly (p), Sam Jones, Peck Morrison (b), Specs Wright (d).
Personnel in #7-12:
Ray Copeland (tp), Melba Liston (tb), Jerome Richardson (ts, fl, basson), Wynton Kelly (p), Peck Morrison (b), and Specs Wright (d).
All tracks recorded in New York City, February 1958
Reissue produced by Jordi Pujol
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