Look What I Got

Look What I Got

by Betty Carter
     
 
If jazz artists were regulated by truth-in-advertising restrictions, then every one of vocalist Betty Carter's recordings would share the title of her 1992 opus, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MELODY. Carter didn't ignore melody altogether -- it just had to be her melody she sung. With her idiosyncratic phrasing and love for racehorse-fast or slothlike slow tempos, Carter

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If jazz artists were regulated by truth-in-advertising restrictions, then every one of vocalist Betty Carter's recordings would share the title of her 1992 opus, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MELODY. Carter didn't ignore melody altogether -- it just had to be her melody she sung. With her idiosyncratic phrasing and love for racehorse-fast or slothlike slow tempos, Carter was the riskiest of mainstream jazz singers. Bending a song's harmony, rhythm, and yes, melody until it became her own creation, Carter took bebop singing about as far as it could go. The Grammy-winning LOOK WHAT I GOT features well-loved standards we think we know all too well: "The Man I Love," "The Good Life," and "Imagination." When Carter gets through with them, though, they've taken on radically new, yet equally memorable, identities. Additional highlights include three of Carter's best original tunes, "Look What I Got!," "Mr. Gentleman," and "Just Like the Movies."

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This well-rounded set gives listeners a good look at the adventurous music of Betty Carter. For this CD, she is joined by one of two rhythm sections (with either Benny Green or Stephen Scott on piano) and, on four of the nine songs, tenor saxophonist Don Braden. Carter twists and turns some familiar songs (such as "The Man I Love," "Imagination" and "The Good Life") along with a variety of lesser-known material including two songs of her own. Consistently unpredictable (whether scatting or stretching out ballads) Betty Carter's recordings are always quite stimulating.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0042283566125
catalogNumber:
835661

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