When Lights Are Low [Living Era]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
This chronologically precise double-disc tribute to multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter is one of the very best compilations in the entire Living Era catalog. With loving attention to detail, 51 carefully chosen selections are backed up with concise discographical references to Carter's solos and accompaniments, using a sort of shorthand to specify which instruments he played on each track and even indicating the bar length of each solo. Disc one opens with Carter's most famous composition, "When Lights Are Low," recorded in London in 1936 by his Swing Octet with Elisabeth Welch singing Spencer Williams' lyrics. The next 50 tracks are arranged in exact chronological order....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
This chronologically precise double-disc tribute to multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter is one of the very best compilations in the entire Living Era catalog. With loving attention to detail, 51 carefully chosen selections are backed up with concise discographical references to Carter's solos and accompaniments, using a sort of shorthand to specify which instruments he played on each track and even indicating the bar length of each solo. Disc one opens with Carter's most famous composition, "When Lights Are Low," recorded in London in 1936 by his Swing Octet with Elisabeth Welch singing Spencer Williams' lyrics. The next 50 tracks are arranged in exact chronological order. This allows the listener to trace Carter's professional progress step-by-step all the way up through his marvelous small-group sessions with Norman Granz in 1952. The producers elected to skip over Carter's early work with Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten and focused instead upon his 32-bar solo on "I'd Love It," recorded by McKinney's Cotton Pickers in 1929 with Fats Waller at the piano. This is followed by a magnificent rendition of Waller's sunny opus "Keep a Song in Your Soul" played by the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in 1930. The rest of this early period in Carter's career is represented by one of his first sessions as a leader and several ensembles encumbered with what seem in retrospect to be racially coded names: Spike Hughes and His Negro Orchestra and that mercurial jam band with constantly-changing personnel billed as the Chocolate Dandies. Carter's adventures in Europe from 1936 to 1938 are well-documented by the records he made in London, Paris, and The Hague, with bands led by himself, Willie Lewis and Coleman Hawkins. Disc two finds Carter easing back into the thriving jazz scene in New York; sitting in with Lionel Hampton in 1938, and leading various ensembles under his own name (except for two more editions of the Chocolate Dandies) during the first half of the '40s. "Melancholy Lullaby," recorded for the Vocalion label in 1939, became the Carter Orchestra's signature tune. Highlights from this part of the Benny Carter story include Billie Holiday's gorgeous version of the "St. Louis Blues"; a rosy rendering of Jule Styne's "Sunday" and Carter's suave big band recording of "Poinciana," a number eight R&B hit (and a number 11 pop hit) recorded in San Francisco in October of 1943. Benny Carter's early maturity found him adapting marvelously to currents in modern music. Evidence of this hale and hearty resilience is provided by Carter's own "Riffamarole," recorded in Los Angeles in March of 1945 by the Capitol International Jazzmen; his ultra-luxurious "Malibu" waxed a few weeks later, and the racing swingy-boppish "Jump Call" recorded for V-Disc the following year along with a lushly rhapsodic arrangement of Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss." Perhaps the toughest Chocolate Dandies of all came together in 1946 to cook like mad on "Sweet Georgia Brown" and the ferocious "Cadillac Slim," a jam tune composed by Ben Webster and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Billy Strayhorn's "Rain Check." Four immaculate interpretations of jazz standards recorded in collaboration with producer Norman Granz in 1952 form the perfect conclusion for this exceptionally fine tribute to Benny Carter and to jazz in general.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625027624
  • Catalog Number: 276

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When Lights Are Low (2:54)
  2. 2 I'd Love It (3:05)
  3. 3 Keep a Song in Your Soul (3:16)
  4. 4 Bugle Call Rag (2:52)
  5. 5 Dee Blues (2:58)
  6. 6 Swing It (3:11)
  7. 7 Pastorale - Spike Hughes (3:13)
  8. 8 Blue Interlude (3:25)
  9. 9 Once Upon a Time (3:26)
  10. 10 Krazy Kapers (3:28)
  11. 11 Lonesome Nights (3:33)
  12. 12 Symphony in Riffs (3:04)
  13. 13 Stardust - Willie Lewis & His Orchestra (3:12)
  14. 14 Swingin' at Maida Vale (2:43)
  15. 15 Nightfall (3:13)
  16. 16 I've Got Two Lips (3:00)
  17. 17 Waltzing the Blues (2:52)
  18. 18 Gin and Jive (2:56)
  19. 19 Nagasaki (2:59)
  20. 20 Crazy Rhythm (3:02)
  21. 21 Lazy Afternoon (3:02)
  22. 22 Somebody Loves Me (2:47)
  23. 23 Blues in My Heart (2:35)
  24. 24 I'm Coming Virginia (3:03)
  25. 25 Farewell Blues (3:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm in the Mood for Swing (2:47)
  2. 2 Shoe Shiner's Drag (3:23)
  3. 3 Melancholy Lullaby (2:59)
  4. 4 The Fable of a Fool (3:03)
  5. 5 Shufflebag Shuffle (2:48)
  6. 6 More Than You Know - Roy Felton (2:50)
  7. 7 Sleep (3:00)
  8. 8 O.K. for Baby (3:00)
  9. 9 Smack (2:39)
  10. 10 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me (4:18)
  11. 11 St. Louis Blues - Billie Holiday (2:52)
  12. 12 All of Me (3:21)
  13. 13 Sunday (2:46)
  14. 14 Back Bay Boogie (2:55)
  15. 15 Poinciana (3:03)
  16. 16 I Surrender, Dear (3:04)
  17. 17 Riffamarole (2:50)
  18. 18 Malibu (3:07)
  19. 19 Jump Call (3:32)
  20. 20 Prelude to a Kiss (3:07)
  21. 21 Sweet Georgia Brown (2:37)
  22. 22 Cadillac Slim (3:01)
  23. 23 Gone With the Wind - Oscar Peterson Quartet (2:58)
  24. 24 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (2:57)
  25. 25 Long Ago (And Far Away) (3:06)
  26. 26 Pick Yourself Up (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Carter Primary Artist, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Miles Davis Trumpet
Sidney DeParis Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
St├ęphane Grappelli Piano
Al Grey Trombone
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Ted Heath Trombone
Eddie Heywood Piano
Freddy Johnson Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Barney Kessel Guitar
John Kirby Bass
Django Reinhardt Guitar
Max Roach Drums
Rex Stewart Trumpet
Fats Waller Piano, Celeste
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wiggins Piano
Herman Chittison Piano
Buddy Featherstonhaugh Tenor Saxophone
Tyree Glenn Trombone, Vibes
Willie Lewis Alto Saxophone
Benny Morton Trombone
Gene Rodgers Piano
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Don Redman Alto Saxophone
Elisabeth Welch Vocals
Coleman Hawkins Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Gardner Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Freddy Webster Trumpet
Alix Combelle Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bernard Addison Guitar
Hayes Alvis Bass
Jimmy Archey Trombone
Georgie Auld Tenor Saxophone
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Tommy Benford Drums
Billie Holiday Vocals
Oscar Lee Bradley Drums
Teddy Brannon Piano
Percy Brice Drums
James Cannady Guitar
Wayman Carver Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
George Chisholm Trombone
Henry Coker Trombone
Nat King Cole Piano
Shad Collins Trumpet
Sammy Davis Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Bill Dillard Trumpet
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
George Elrick Drums
Joel Epps Reeds
Herschel Evans Tenor Saxophone
Milton Fletcher Trumpet
Carl Frye Alto Saxophone
Karl George Trumpet
Al Gibson Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Harrison Trombone
Len Harrison Bass
J.C. Higginbotham Trombone
Ernest "Bass" Hill Bass
Clarence Holiday Guitar
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Keg Johnson Trombone
Claude Jones Trombone
Porter Kilbert Alto Saxophone
Bertie King Tenor Saxophone
Billy Kyle Piano
Ulysses Livingston Guitar
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall Drums
John McConnell Trombone
Castor McCord Tenor Saxophone
Wilson Myers Bass
Robert Montmarche Drums
Alton Moore Trombone
Wally Morris Guitar
Yank Porter Drums
Ernest Purce Alto Saxophone
Keg Purnell Drums
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Alex Renard Trumpet
Milt Robinson Trombone
Curly Russell Bass
Stafford Simon Tenor Saxophone
Joe "Fox" Smith Trumpet
Louis Taylor Trombone
Bart Varsalona Trombone
Madison Vaughan Trombone
George Washington Trombone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Sonny White Piano
Dave Wilborn Banjo
Jimmy Williams Tenor Saxophone
Eugene d'Hellemmes Bass
Harold Clark Reeds
Bumps Myers Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Ted Fields Drums
Glyn Paque Alto Saxophone
E.O. Pogson Alto Saxophone
Fred Robinson Trombone
Nicholas Rodriguez Piano
Gene Simon Trombone
Leslie Thompson Trumpet
Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra Piano
Billy Taylor Sr. Double Bass
Patrick Dodd Piano
Eddie Mallory Trumpet
Ray Webb Guitar
Nathaniel Williams Trumpet
Lew Davis Trombone
Johnny Morris Trombone
Ernie Powell Tenor Saxophone
Duncan Whyte Trumpet
Walter Johnson Drums
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Woodlen Trumpet
Bobby Stark Trumpet
Harvey Boone Alto Saxophone
Joe Thomas Trumpet
Sam Dasberg Trumpet
Eddie Macaulay Piano
Andy McDevitt Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bill Mulraney Trombone
Harry Van Oven Trombone
Max Goldberg Trumpet
Louis Stephenson Alto Saxophone
Tommy McQuater Trumpet
Willard Brown Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Joe Hayman Tenor Saxophone
Lincoln Mills Trumpet
Rolf Goldstein Trumpet
Rufus Webster Piano
Al Burke Bass
Al Craig Drums
Billy Burns Trombone
Thomas Moultrie Bass
Chauncey Houghton Alto Saxophone
Charley Johnson Trombone
John Mitchell Guitar
Dick Clark Trumpet
Ron Felton Vocals
John Taylor Baritone Saxophone
George Elliot Guitar
Capitol International Jazzmen Track Performer
Charles "Coco" Kiehn Tenor Saxophone
Candy Ross Trombone
Theodore McCord Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
W.J. Edwards Guitar
Shorty Haughton Trombone
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd Drums
Eddie Mullens Trumpet
Johnny Russell Tenor Saxophone
John Carroll Trumpet
Ira Pettiford Trumpet
Robert F. Graettinger Reeds
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Ben Webster Composer
Spike Hughes Composer
Irving Mills Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Don Redman Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Ned Miller Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Benny Carter Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Will Marion Cook Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Donald Heywood Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Benny Krueger Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Paul Mares Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Leon Roppolo Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn Composer
Vic Bellerby Liner Notes
Martin Haskell Remastering
Mark Ranshaw Cover Design
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Gordon Clifford Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Nat Simon Composer
Earl Lebieg Composer
Chester Conn Composer
Buddy Bernier Composer
Billy Rose Composer
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