Four Classic Albums Plus

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
All four of the classic albums featured in this slipcased, budget-priced box set were available separately on CD. They include: Jazz Giant, Swingin' the 20s, Sax à la Carter, and Aspects. Jazz Giant, an homage to the Kansas City sound, was recorded in two sessions during 1957 and 1958. The players include the leader alternating on alto and trumpet, tenorman Ben Webster, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, either Jimmy Rowles or André Previn on piano, Shelly Manne on drums, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and guitarist Barney Kessel. Second up is the terrific Swingin' the 20s, recorded at the end of 1958. It too featured Vinnegar and Manne. Carter only played alto, but the added attraction ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
All four of the classic albums featured in this slipcased, budget-priced box set were available separately on CD. They include: Jazz Giant, Swingin' the 20s, Sax à la Carter, and Aspects. Jazz Giant, an homage to the Kansas City sound, was recorded in two sessions during 1957 and 1958. The players include the leader alternating on alto and trumpet, tenorman Ben Webster, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, either Jimmy Rowles or André Previn on piano, Shelly Manne on drums, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and guitarist Barney Kessel. Second up is the terrific Swingin' the 20s, recorded at the end of 1958. It too featured Vinnegar and Manne. Carter only played alto, but the added attraction was pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines. The front line players wonderfully complement one another in a delightful program of tunes from the period, played in a modern but not too style. Sax à la Carter featured Mel Lewis on drums, and brought back Rowles on piano with Vinnegar on bass on a set of standards. The high points here are many, but Sammy Cahn's "I Should Care" and Johnny Mercer's and Ziggy Elman's "And the Angels Sing" top the list. The final disc in the set, Aspects, features Carter conducting his own orchestra. Recorded in 1958, it was released in 1959. It is notable because it was the first and only time between 1947 and 1986 that Carter was the playing leader of a big band. The tunes are all standards whose gimmick is that their titles reflect different months of the year. Given the high degree of musicianship and the strong swing quotient, the corny concept can be overlooked without a second thought. Some of the players on this date include Pete Candoli, Rosolino, Gerald Wiggins, and Plas Johnson. In sum, this is a very solid portrait of "classic" Carter at a creative peak.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2012
  • Label: Avid Records Uk
  • EAN: 5022810304821
  • Catalog Number: 1048
  • Sales rank: 210,664

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Fashioned Love (7:51)
  2. 2 I'm Coming Virginia (5:48)
  3. 3 A Walkin' Thing (6:00)
  4. 4 Blue Lou (4:58)
  5. 5 Ain't She Sweet (3:40)
  6. 6 How Can You Lose (6:14)
  7. 7 Blues My Naughtie Sweetie Gives To Me (4:42)
  8. 8 Thou Swell (2:52)
  9. 9 My Blue Heaven (3:21)
  10. 10 Just Imagine (2:34)
  11. 11 If I Could Be With You (2:43)
  12. 12 Sweet Lorraine (5:03)
  13. 13 Who's Sorry Now (2:25)
  14. 14 Laugh! Clown! Laugh (3:23)
  15. 15 All Alone (3:15)
  16. 16 Mary Lou (3:09)
  17. 17 In A Little Spanish Town (2:47)
  18. 18 Someone To Watch Over Me (2:40)
  19. 19 A Monday Date (3:11)
  20. 20 All Alone (3:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 And The Angels Sing - Benny Carter Quartet (3:00)
  2. 2 Everything I Have Is Yours - Benny Carter Quartet (3:36)
  3. 3 I Understand - Benny Carter Quartet (3:07)
  4. 4 All Or Nothing At All - Benny Carter Quartet (3:19)
  5. 5 I'll Never Smile Again - Benny Carter Quartet (2:25)
  6. 6 If I Loved You - Benny Carter Quartet (3:46)
  7. 7 Far Away Places - Benny Carter Quartet (3:25)
  8. 8 I Should Care - Benny Carter Quartet (4:01)
  9. 9 For All We Know - Benny Carter Quartet (3:03)
  10. 10 I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance - Benny Carter Quartet (2:51)
  11. 11 The One I Love - Benny Carter Quartet (3:08)
  12. 12 Moon Of Manakoora - Benny Carter Quartet (2:43)
  13. 13 June In January - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (3:15)
  14. 14 February Fiesta - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (1:58)
  15. 15 March Wind - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (3:19)
  16. 16 I'll Remember April - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (3:24)
  17. 17 One Morning In May - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (2:52)
  18. 18 June Is Bustin' Out All Over - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (3:02)
  19. 19 Sleigh Ride In July - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (2:53)
  20. 20 August Moon - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (3:42)
  21. 21 September Song - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (2:42)
  22. 22 Something For October - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (2:56)
  23. 23 Swingin' In November - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (3:05)
  24. 24 Roses In December - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (2:39)
  25. 25 February Fiesta (1:58)
  26. 26 August Moon (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Carter Primary Artist, Trumpet, Leader, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Buddy Collette Saxophone, Soloist
Joe Gordon Trumpet, Soloist
Herbie Harper Trombone, Soloist
Earl Hines Piano
Plas Johnson Saxophone, Soloist
Barney Kessel Guitar, Soloist
Mel Lewis Drums
Shelly Manne Drums, Soloist
André Previn Piano
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Pete Candoli Trumpet, Soloist
Arnold Ross Piano, Soloist
Stu Williamson Trumpet, Soloist
Justin Gordon Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Larry Bunker Bongos, Vibes, Soloist
Joe Comfort Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Chuck Gentry Saxophone
Bobby Gibbons Guitar, Soloist
Bill Green Saxophone
Uan Rasey Trumpet
George Roberts Trombone
Frank Rosolino Trombone, Soloist
Shorty Sherock Trumpet, Soloist
Ray Triscari Trumpet
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Russ Brown Trombone
Gerry Wiggins Piano, Soloist
Tommy Pederson Trombone
Jewell Grant Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Frank Loesser Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Lou Donaldson Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Lester Koenig Liner Notes
James Van Heusen Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Ted Kendall Mastering
Anne Bennett Artwork
Gannon Composer
Oakland Composer
Dave Bennett Remastering
Stordahl Composer
Burwell Composer
Waggner Composer
Schaefer Composer
McCarron Composer
Jessel Composer
Altman Composer
Creamer Composer
Swanstone Composer
Rainger Composer
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