Benny Carter : Jazz Giant

Benny Carter : Jazz Giant


Benny Carter (alto sax, trumpet), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Frank Rosolino  (trombone), Andre Previn, Jimmie Rowles (piano), Barney Kessel (guitar), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Shelly Manne (drums)

Contemporary 7028

Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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1 - Old Fashioned Love
2 - I'm Coming Virginia
3 - A Walkin' Thing
4 - Blue Lou
5 - Ain't She Sweet
6 - How Can You Lose
7 - Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me

Recorded on June 11, July 22 and October 7, 1957, and April 21, 1958 at Contemporary Records Studio, Los Angeles.

Though he moved to Hollywood more than four decades ago, Benny Carter transcends any geographical style; for more than a half century, he has been just what he is called in this album--a giant of every jazz era. Here he displays three of his many talents, principally as an alto saxophonist, but also as a composer on two numbers and a trumpeter on two. 

The company he kept, with Ben Webster and Frank Rosolino rounding out the front line, and such fellow giants as Andre Previn, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, and Shelly Manne in the rhythm section (Jimmy Rowles replaces Previn on two tracks) left no doubt that this album would be a milestone in straight-ahead, small group, mainstream jazz. 

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Analogue Productions LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.