Marian McPartland – Plays the Benny Carter Songbook {Concord}

Marian McPartland – Plays the Benny Carter Songbook {Concord}

Mainstream, Bop

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330 MB.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Two aspects uplift this Marian McPartland CD above most songbooks. Benny Carter is much better-known as an altoist and an arranger than as a composer, so his compositions tend to be quite fresh since they have been underplayed through the years. Also, the fact that Carter himself performs on the majority of these selections (which also include bassist John Clayton and drummer Harold Jones) makes the set something special.

Highlights include “When Lights Are Low,” “I’m in the Mood for Swing,” “Key Largo,” “Doozy,” “Lonely Woman” and “Only Trust Your Heart,” but all 11 songs are enjoyable and swinging.

01. When the Lights are Low (4:05)
02. I’m in the Mood for Swing (5:16)
03. A Kiss from You (4:52)
04. Key Largo (3:45)
05. Another Time, Another Place (4:42)
06. Summer Serenade (4:44)
07. Doozy (4:03)
08. Lonely Woman (5:16)
09. Only Trust Your Heart (7:08)
10. Evening Star (3:41)
11. Easy Money (6:01)

Marian McPartland – piano
Benny Carter – alto saxophone
John Clayton – bass
Harold Jones – drums

Produced by Carl E. Jefferson
Recorded at Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, CA
Recorded on January 1990
Remixed at PER, Hayward, CA
Recording & Remix Engineer: Phil Edwards
Assistant Recording Engineer: Eric Rudd
Mastered by George Horn
Art direction by Kent Judkins
Cover photo by Wayne Seidel, Vanguard Photography
Liner notes by Ed Berger

1990, Concord Jazz, Inc.

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