The Alternative Takes: 1936-1937

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Benny Carter went to London, then to Holland. Everywhere he visited, musicians gathered round and helped him to make jazz records, first for English Vocalion and then for Dutch Decca. Although both takes of "Swingin' at Maida Vale" are bracing examples of precise, hot, mid- '30s British big band swing, with the exception of this title and "Gin and Jive," much of the material on the first half of this disc is slow and ruminative. The real treat is "Nightfall," a gentle study featuring Benny Carter on tenor saxophone. Already notable as a multi-instrumentalist who juggled trumpet, alto sax, clarinet, and piano, Carter rarely recorded with the tenor sax during this part of ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Benny Carter went to London, then to Holland. Everywhere he visited, musicians gathered round and helped him to make jazz records, first for English Vocalion and then for Dutch Decca. Although both takes of "Swingin' at Maida Vale" are bracing examples of precise, hot, mid- '30s British big band swing, with the exception of this title and "Gin and Jive," much of the material on the first half of this disc is slow and ruminative. The real treat is "Nightfall," a gentle study featuring Benny Carter on tenor saxophone. Already notable as a multi-instrumentalist who juggled trumpet, alto sax, clarinet, and piano, Carter rarely recorded with the tenor sax during this part of his career. The smaller ensembles are even tastier; guitarist Bernard Addison is heard in a quartet backing Carter on "Waltzing the Blues." Two sides are more or less saddled with vocals by the tremulous Elisabeth Welch. Carter made three more hot sides with an English big band before venturing into deepest darkest Holland for a "Ramblers" session analogous to what Coleman Hawkins had accomplished there in 1935, and was to achieve again about a month later, with an almost identical band. Indeed, Hawkins shows up in Carter's orchestra on the very last track, recorded in the Hague in August of 1937. By this time, American jazz musicians were received as cultural heroes in most of Europe, while at the same time being demonized by the ethno-phobic government in Nazi Germany. These initially rejected takes of solid, subversively inter-racial, inter-national jazz records from the mid-'30s come across today as precious and fulfilling, well-worth visiting and revisiting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Neatwork
  • EAN: 9120006940634
  • Catalog Number: 2063

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Carter Primary Artist, Clarinet, Piano, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Ted Heath Trombone
Freddy Johnson Piano
Buddy Featherstonhaugh Tenor Saxophone
Gene Rodgers Piano
Elisabeth Welch Vocals, Accompaniment
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Gardner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bernard Addison Guitar
George Chisholm Trombone
George Elliott Guitar
George Elrick Drums
Len Harrison String Bass
Robert Montmarche Drums
Wally Morris String Bass
Billy Munn Piano
Jimmy Williams Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ivor Mairants Guitar
Ronnie Gubertini Drums
Albert Harris Guitar
E.O. Pogson Alto Saxophone
Leslie Thompson Trombone, Trumpet
Patrick Dodd Piano
Ray Webb Guitar
Lew Davis Trombone
Wim Poppink Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Duncan Whyte Trumpet
Jack Bulterman Trumpet
Sal Doof Tenor Saxophone
Kees Kranenburg Drums
Eddie Macaulay Piano
Andy McDevitt Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Mulraney Trombone
George Van Helvoirt Trumpet
Max Goldberg Trumpet
Marcel Thielemans Trombone
Jack Pet String Bass
Tommy McQuater Trumpet
George Evans Tenor Saxophone
Al Burke String Bass
Al Craig Drums
Nich De Roy Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Benny Carter Composer, Director
Lew Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Gerhard Wessely Remastering
Jack Bulterman Composer
Theo Uden Masman Director
K.H. Rosenzopf Cover Art
Mort Dixon Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Riki Parth Producer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
Robert Katscher Composer
Saskia Kwast Composer
Billy Higgins Composer
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