Sax ala Carter!

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Sax ala Carter! was originally released in 1960, and as the liner notes point out, was meant for a general audience. That means that the songs are popular standards and the renditions offered here are fairly short none reach the four-minute mark. Having said all this, one might expect Sax ala Carter! to resemble cocktail jazz, but it doesn't. Instead, the listener is treated to an intimate set made up of fine ensemble work by Carter, pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Mel Lewis on favorites like "Far Away Places," "I Should Care," and "Everything I Have Is Yours." The solos by Carter and Rowles are compact, with both players sticking close to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Sax ala Carter! was originally released in 1960, and as the liner notes point out, was meant for a general audience. That means that the songs are popular standards and the renditions offered here are fairly short none reach the four-minute mark. Having said all this, one might expect Sax ala Carter! to resemble cocktail jazz, but it doesn't. Instead, the listener is treated to an intimate set made up of fine ensemble work by Carter, pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Mel Lewis on favorites like "Far Away Places," "I Should Care," and "Everything I Have Is Yours." The solos by Carter and Rowles are compact, with both players sticking close to the melody line. Nonetheless, their solos are tastefully energetic and achieve an air of grace. Standouts include a bouncy take on "All or Nothing at All" and a soulful version of "I'll Never Smile Again." The walking bass of Vinnegar also adds buoyancy to the performances on Sax ala Carter!, guaranteeing that the music is always flowing freely. The 2004 release of the album adds three bonus cuts, "Ennui" and two takes of "Friendly Islands." Incredibly, this entire album was recorded in one day on February 5, 1960. A fun treat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724359351322
  • Catalog Number: 93513
  • Sales rank: 208,485

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Carter Primary Artist, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Overdubs
Mel Lewis Drums
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Technical Credits
Bing Crosby Composer
Ziggy Elman Composer
Ed Berger Producer, Liner Notes
Richard Rodgers Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Malcolm Addey Remastering
Benny Carter Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
I. Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Jamie Lawrence Composer
S. Lewis Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Axel Stordahl Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Paul Weston Composer
Victor Young Composer
Alfred Newman Composer
Theirry Trombert Cover Photo
Harold Adamson Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Ruth Lowe Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Arnie Altman Composer
Gordon H. Jee Reissue Design
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