Thursday, November 4, 2010

Benny Carter: A Gentleman & His Music (1985)

For this 1985 session, altoist Benny Carter (then a week short of turning 78 years old) is teamed with the lyrical trumpeter Joe Wilder and the Concord All-Stars, a contingent that also features tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guitarist Ed Bickert and pianist Gene Harris. The results are predictably excellent with the septet swinging with spirit and creativity on four standards, a blues and Carter's original "A Kiss from You."
This album is well worth tracking down.
01. Sometimes I'm Happy (Caesar, Grey, Youmans) 7:39
02. A Kiss from You (Carter, Mercer) 6:15
03. Blues for George (Carter) 8:09
04. Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Ellington, Persons) 9:53
05. Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman) 7:28
06. Idaho (Stone) 8:00
Benny Carter - Sax (Alto
Scott Hamilton - Sax (Tenor
Joe Wilder - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gene Harris - Piano
Ed Bickert - Guitar
John Clayton - Bass
Gentleman & His Music
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