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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Throughout much of the 20th century, Benny Carter was an accomplished composer, arranger, leader, sideman, and multi-instrumentalist. In 2004 the U.K.'s Proper label served his memory well with Proper Box 68 which carefully examines a 22-year segment from his unusually lengthy career. If a reasonably priced 88-track, four-CD set of swing and early modern mainstream jazz dating from 1930-1952 seems like too much of a good thing, maybe you really need to hear more jazz and not less, for here in the land of its birth we still have a lot of catching up to do in order to better comprehend this important part of our cultural heritage. A sensible two-CD equivalent would be ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Throughout much of the 20th century, Benny Carter was an accomplished composer, arranger, leader, sideman, and multi-instrumentalist. In 2004 the U.K.'s Proper label served his memory well with Proper Box 68 which carefully examines a 22-year segment from his unusually lengthy career. If a reasonably priced 88-track, four-CD set of swing and early modern mainstream jazz dating from 1930-1952 seems like too much of a good thing, maybe you really need to hear more jazz and not less, for here in the land of its birth we still have a lot of catching up to do in order to better comprehend this important part of our cultural heritage. A sensible two-CD equivalent would be Living Era's 51-track compilation When Lights Are Low, which has 31 tracks in common with Proper Box 68 and includes examples of Carter with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra and McKinney's Cotton Pickers. Proper focuses more closely on bands which operated under Carter's direct leadership or influence. Although Carter is most often pictured holding an alto saxophone, he played a lot of trumpet as well as clarinet, tenor sax, and even a bit of drums. As an altoist he resembled Hilton Jefferson, Willie Smith, Johnny Hodges, and the young Pete Brown. For all his expertise as a reedman, Carter blows plenty of fine trumpet on Music Master. Most of the first disc is devoted to the early '30s. Carter is heard leading his own bands, sitting in with visiting Englishman Spike Hughes & His Negro Orchestra, and with the Chocolate Dandies, a recurrent all-star swing band with varying personnel. Four different Chocolate Dandies sessions are represented on this collection. The first of these, recorded in December 1930, was essentially a condensed version of the Fletcher Henderson orchestra with Horace Henderson at the piano. The December 1933 Chocolate Dandies were racially mixed, which was a significant accomplishment back then. Carter revived the Dandies in the '40s with powerful improvisers like Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Buck Clayton, and Ben Webster. Carter's productive adventures in Europe during the late '30s are well represented on this collection, appearing near the end of the first disc and occupying more than half of the second. Starting in London, the tour takes you through Copenhagen, Laren, Den Haag, and finally Paris, where he recorded "Farewell Blues" and "Blue Light Blues" with an octet that included tenor man Alix Combelle and guitarist Django Reinhardt. For thrilling examples of Carter's handling of the tenor saxophone during his London sessions, you might want to hunt down his 1936-1937 recordings as reissued in chronological sequence by Classics, as well as his alternate takes on Neatwork 2063. Throughout the '40s, Carter recorded with many of the best jazz musicians on the scene, and Proper provides an excellent overview of his work during this period. The inclusion of two Keynote sessions from 1946 is a real treat, with Carter leading his own quartet and guesting with a small combo led by pianist Arnold Ross. The big surprise on Disc Four is the vocal on "Out of My Way" by drummer Sid Catlett: this may well be the only time he ever used his voice on a recording. Proper's Benny Carter edition finishes with seven examples of Carter as an early modern mainstream jazzman in groups assembled by producer Norman Granz. First comes the historic blowing session with the one-time-only combination of Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, and Ben Webster. The closing tracks feature Carter backed by Oscar Peterson's quartet, with strings added on "Isn't It Romantic?" and "Key Largo."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520020688
  • Catalog Number: 68
  • Sales rank: 28,105


Disc 1
  1. 1 Goodbye Blues - The Chocolate Dandies (3:21)
  2. 2 Cloudy Skies - The Chocolate Dandies (2:57)
  3. 3 Got Another Sweetie Now - The Chocolate Dandies (3:02)
  4. 4 Bugle Call Rag - The Chocolate Dandies (2:52)
  5. 5 Dee Blues - The Chocolate Dandies (2:58)
  6. 6 Swing It (3:13)
  7. 7 Synthetic Love (3:28)
  8. 8 Six Bells Stampede (2:41)
  9. 9 Love, You're Not the One for Me (3:35)
  10. 10 Sweet Sue, Just You - Spike Hughes (3:02)
  11. 11 Blue Interlude - The Chocolate Dandies (3:27)
  12. 12 I Never Knew - The Chocolate Dandies (3:06)
  13. 13 Once Upon a Time - The Chocolate Dandies (3:27)
  14. 14 Krazy Kapers - The Chocolate Dandies (3:30)
  15. 15 Devil's Holiday (3:09)
  16. 16 Lonesome Nights (3:36)
  17. 17 Symphony in Riffs (3:06)
  18. 18 Blue Lou (3:08)
  19. 19 Shoot the Works (3:00)
  20. 20 Dream Lullaby (3:12)
  21. 21 Everybody Shuffle (3:05)
  22. 22 These Foolish Things (3:02)
  23. 23 Accent on a Swing (2:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 When Lights Are Low (2:52)
  2. 2 Blue Interlude (3:10)
  3. 3 Gin and Jive (2:58)
  4. 4 Nagasaki (2:59)
  5. 5 There's a Small Hotel (3:08)
  6. 6 I'm in the Mood for Swing (2:35)
  7. 7 I'll Never Give In (2:43)
  8. 8 Skip It (2:59)
  9. 9 Lazy Afternoon (3:04)
  10. 10 Blues in My Heart (2:36)
  11. 11 Somebody Loves Me (2:49)
  12. 12 Mighty Like the Blues (3:05)
  13. 13 Pardon Me, Pretty Baby (3:00)
  14. 14 My Buddy (2:49)
  15. 15 Farewell Blues (3:16)
  16. 16 Blue Light Blues (3:07)
  17. 17 Melancholy Lullaby (2:58)
  18. 18 When Lights Are Low (2:53)
  19. 19 Riff Romp (2:57)
  20. 20 Shufflebug Shuffle (2:48)
  21. 21 Sleep (3:00)
  22. 22 Fish Fry (3:12)
  23. 23 Slow Freight (3:23)
  24. 24 Night Hop (3:11)
  25. 25 Pom Pom (2:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 O. K. For Baby (3:06)
  2. 2 Smack - The Chocolate Dandies (2:39)
  3. 3 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me - The Chocolate Dandies (4:15)
  4. 4 Boogie Woogie Sugar Blues (3:09)
  5. 5 All of Me (3:22)
  6. 6 Cuddle Up, Huddle Up (2:46)
  7. 7 Midnight (3:20)
  8. 8 Lullaby to a Dream (3:10)
  9. 9 What a Diff'rence a Day Made (3:05)
  10. 10 Sunday (2:48)
  11. 11 Back Bay Boogie (2:57)
  12. 12 Poinciana (3:03)
  13. 13 Love for Sale (3:04)
  14. 14 I Can't Escape from You (3:23)
  15. 15 I Can't Get Started (2:54)
  16. 16 I Surrender, Dear (3:05)
  17. 17 Malibu (3:06)
  18. 18 Forever Blues (2:40)
  19. 19 Jump Call (2:56)
  20. 20 Looking for a Boy (2:54)
  21. 21 Rose Room (3:00)
  22. 22 The Moon Is Low - Arnold Ross (2:51)
  23. 23 Stairway to the Stars - Arnold Ross (3:09)
  24. 24 Bye Bye Blues - Arnold Ross (2:47)
  25. 25 I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do - Arnold Ross (3:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Moonglow (2:54)
  2. 2 Give Me Something to Remember You By (2:50)
  3. 3 Lady Be Good (2:41)
  4. 4 Deep Purple (3:15)
  5. 5 Sweet Georgia Brown (2:38)
  6. 6 Out of My Way (3:03)
  7. 7 What'll It Be (3:18)
  8. 8 Cadillac Slim (3:04)
  9. 9 Jam Blues (14:22)
  10. 10 What Is This Thing Called Love? (15:26)
  11. 11 Funky Blues (13:14)
  12. 12 Isn't It Romantic? (3:43)
  13. 13 Gone With the Wind (2:59)
  14. 14 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (2:57)
  15. 15 Key Largo (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Carter Primary Artist, Clarinet, Trumpet, Drums, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Tony Scott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Henry "Red" Allen Trumpet
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Sidney DeParis Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Dexter Gordon Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Al Grey Trombone
Ted Heath Trombone
Eddie Heywood Piano
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Freddy Johnson Piano
Jonah Jones Trumpet
Max Kaminsky Trumpet
Barney Kessel Guitar
John Kirby Bass, Tuba
Oscar Peterson Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Django Reinhardt Guitar
Buddy Rich Strings, Drums
Max Roach Drums
Maxine Sullivan Vocals
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins Piano
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Eddie Barefield Alto Saxophone
Tyree Glenn Trombone, Vibes
Neal Hefti Trumpet
Horace Henderson Piano
Spike Hughes Bass
Benny Morton Trombone
Gene Rodgers Piano
Arnold Ross Piano
Elisabeth Welch Vocals
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Gardner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Trummy Young Trombone
Freddy Webster Trumpet
Alix Combelle Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Addison Guitar
Fletcher Allen Alto Saxophone
Hayes Alvis Bass
Jimmy Archey Trombone
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Artie Bernstein Bass
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Oscar Lee Bradley Drums
Percy Brice Drums
Joe Britton Trombone
Teddy Buckner Trumpet
Don Byas Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
James Cannady Guitar
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
George Chisholm Trombone
Paul Cohen Trumpet
Henry Coker Trombone
Shad Collins Trumpet
Sammy Davis Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Bill Dillard Trumpet
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
George Elliott Guitar
George Elrick Drums
Joel Epps Alto Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Milton Fletcher Trumpet
Carl Frye Alto Saxophone
Karl George Trumpet
Jewell L. Grant Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Harrison Trombone, Vocals
J.C. Heard Drums
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Ernest "Bass" Hill Bass
Clarence Holiday Guitar
George Irish Tenor Saxophone
Christian Jansen Piano
J. Alan Johnson Trombone
Keg Johnson Trombone
Porter Kilbert Alto Saxophone
Bertie King Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ulysses Livingston Guitar
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
John McConnell Trombone
Castor McCord Tenor Saxophone
Bump Meyers Tenor Saxophone
Robert Montmarche Drums
Alton Moore Trombone
Wally Morris Bass
Billy Munn Piano
Hans Ulrik Neumann Guitar
Floyd O'Brien Trombone
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Powell Alto Saxophone
Ernest Purce Alto Saxophone
William Purnell Drums
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Allan Reuss Guitar
Milt Robinson Trombone
Rod Rodriguez Piano
Curly Russell Bass
Stafford Simon Tenor Saxophone
Ted Sturgis Bass
Idrees Sulieman Trumpet
Louis Taylor Trombone
Bart Varsalona Trombone
Madison Vaughan Trombone
George Washington Trombone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Bill White Alto Saxophone
Sonny White Piano
Jimmy Williams Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
York DeSouza Piano
Elmer James Bass
Ronnie Gubertini Drums
Albert Harris Guitar
Benny Jackson Guitar
Glyn Paque Alto Saxophone
E.O. Pogson Alto Saxophone
Fred Robinson Trombone
Gene Simon Trombone
Leslie Thompson Trombone, Trumpet
Joe Newman Quartet Trumpet
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra Piano
Patrick Dodd Piano
Eddie Mallory Trumpet
Rostelle Reese Trumpet
Ray Webb Guitar
Nathaniel Williams Trumpet
Lew Davis Trombone
Wim Poppink Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ernie Powell Tenor Saxophone
Duncan Whyte Trumpet
Walter Johnson Drums
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
Fred Mitchell Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Stark Trumpet
Joe Thomas Trumpet
Jake "Vernon" Porter Trumpet
Jack Bulterman Trumpet
Sam Dasberg Trumpet
Sal Doof Tenor Saxophone
Claude Dunson Trumpet
Knut Knutsson Tenor Saxophone
Eric Kragh Drums
Kees Kranenburg Drums
Andy McDevitt Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Mulraney Trombone
Kurt Pederson Trumpet
Peter Rasmussen Trombone
Anker Skjoldborg Tenor Saxophone
Axel Skouby Trumpet
Harry Van Oven Trombone
Aage Voss Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Cliff Woodridge Trumpet
Max Goldberg Trumpet
Marcel Thielemans Trombone
Louis Stephenson Alto Saxophone
Palmer Traulsen Trombone
Jack Pet Bass
Willard Brown Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Lincoln Mills Trumpet
Al Taylor Drums
Rolf Goldstein Trumpet
Louis Gray Trumpet
Herb Thomas Guitar
Rufus Webster Piano
Al Burke Bass
Al Craig Drums
John A. Morris Trombone
Thomas Moultrie Bass
Chauncey Houghton Alto Saxophone
Humphrey Brannon Piano
Dick Clark Trumpet
George Woodlen Trumpet
Tommy McQuarter Trumpet
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd Drums
Bill Lewis Guitar
Johnny Russell Tenor Saxophone
John Carroll Trumpet
Ben Smith Alto Saxophone
Kai Ewans Alto Saxophone
Fred Williams Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
The Chocolate Dandies Contributor
Leonard Feather Composer
Tiny Grimes Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Ben Webster Composer
Lester Young Composer
Spike Hughes Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Coleman Hawkins Composer
María Mendez Grever Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Harry Barris Composer
David Bennett Composer
Benny Carter Arranger, Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Big Sid Catlett Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Will J. Harris Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
Benny Krueger Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Paul Mares Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Eddie Miller Composer
Billy Munn Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Leon Roppolo Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Victor Young Composer
J. Harrison Composer
Chauncey Gray Composer
Johnny Gomez Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Art Hickman Composer
Bert Lown Composer
Ted Fio Rito Composer
Benny Carter & His Orchestra Contributor
Theo Uden Masman Director
Benny Carter & His Swing Quartet Contributor
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Gordon Clifford Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Sydney Robin Composer
Nat Simon Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Earl Lebieg Composer
Jack Maskill Composer
Leah Worth Composer
Joop Visser Liner Notes
Harry Williams Composer
Spike Hughes & His All American Orchestra Contributor
Buddy Bernier Composer
Frederick Hamm Composer
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