Central City Sketches

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
One of the many Benny Carter recordings cut after he returned to jazz on a full-time basis in the mid-'70s, this double-LP set is the jewel among the seemingly countless number of gems. Eight of Carter's compositions are performed by the all-star American Jazz Orchestra "Doozy" gets two versions along with his old theme song "Sleep" and his recently written six-part "Central City Sketches." Virtually every player in this big band was a potential star soloist; among the more notable musicians are trombonist Jimmy Knepper, tenors Lew Tabackin and Loren Schoenberg and either John Lewis or Dick Katz on piano. But, as is often the case, Benny Carter frequently steals solo honors...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
One of the many Benny Carter recordings cut after he returned to jazz on a full-time basis in the mid-'70s, this double-LP set is the jewel among the seemingly countless number of gems. Eight of Carter's compositions are performed by the all-star American Jazz Orchestra "Doozy" gets two versions along with his old theme song "Sleep" and his recently written six-part "Central City Sketches." Virtually every player in this big band was a potential star soloist; among the more notable musicians are trombonist Jimmy Knepper, tenors Lew Tabackin and Loren Schoenberg and either John Lewis or Dick Katz on piano. But, as is often the case, Benny Carter frequently steals solo honors and his brief trumpet spot on "Central City Blues" is memorable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • UPC: 710357271625
  • Catalog Number: 2716
  • Sales rank: 104,880

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Doozy - Benny Carter (5:23)
  2. 2 When Lights Are Low - Benny Carter (5:02)
  3. 3 A Kiss from You - Benny Carter (2:56)
  4. 4 Sleep/Central City Sketches - Benny Carter (3:28)
  5. 5 Central City Blues - Benny Carter (3:09)
  6. 6 Hello - Benny Carter (4:16)
  7. 7 People - Benny Carter (4:24)
  8. 8 Promenade - Benny Carter (3:21)
  9. 9 Remember - Benny Carter (3:37)
  10. 10 Sky Dance - Benny Carter (3:27)
  11. 11 Lonesome Nights - Benny Carter (5:10)
  12. 12 Doozy - Benny Carter (4:41)
  13. 13 Easy Money - Benny Carter (7:00)
  14. 14 Symphony in Riffs - Benny Carter (4:39)
  15. 15 Souvenir - Benny Carter (4:09)
  16. 16 Blues in My Heart - Benny Carter (7:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Carter & The American Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Benny Carter Indexed Contributor, Trumpet, Conductor, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
American Jazz Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Eddie Bert Trombone
Ron Carter Bass, Upright Bass
Bill Easley Flute, Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper Trombone
John Lewis Piano, Conductor
Mel Lewis Drums
Remo Palmier Guitar
Loren Schoenberg Tenor Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Lew Tabackin Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Dick Katz Piano
John Purcell Flute, Alto Saxophone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Danny Bank Bass, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
John Eckert Trumpet
Jack Jeffers Trombone
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Cirgil Jones Trumpet
John G. Lewis Piano
Technical Credits
John Lewis Musical Director, Music Direction
Irving Mills Composer
Leroy Parkins Producer, Audio Production
Benny Carter Arranger, Composer
Gary Giddins Liner Notes
Bill Kipper Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Gregory K. Squires Engineer
Spencer Williams Composer
John Berg Art Direction
John G. Lewis Musical Director
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