Betty Carter : Now It's my Turn

Betty Carter : Now It's my Turn


Betty Carter (vocals), John Hicks (piano), Walter Booker (bass), Eddie Moore (drums)

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Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Music Maestro, Please
A2 - Swing Brother Swing
A3 - I was Telling Him About You
A4 - Wagon Wheels
A5 - New Blues (You Purr)
B1 - Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love
B2 - Making Dreams Come True
B3 - Open the Door
B4 - Just Friends/Star Eyes (Medley)
B5 - No More Words

Recorded 9-10th March & 21-22nd June 1976 at Sound Ideas Studio

Arguably the most adventurous female jazz singer of all time, Betty Carter was an idiosyncratic stylist and a restless improviser who pushed the limits of melody and harmony as much as any bebop horn player. The husky-voiced Carter was capable of radical, off-the-cuff re-workings of whatever she sang, abruptly changing tempos and dynamics, or rearranging the lyrics into distinctive, off-the-beat rhythmic patterns. She could solo for 20 minutes, scat at lightning speed, or drive home an emotion with wordless, bluesy moans and sighs. She wasn't quite avant-garde, but she was definitely "out." Yet as much as Carter was fascinated by pure, abstract sound, she was also a sensitive lyric interpreter when she chose, a tender and sensual ballad singer sometimes given to suggestive asides. 

Her wild unpredictability kept her marginalized for much of her career, and she never achieved the renown of peers like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, or Carmen McRae. What was more, her exacting musical standards and assertive independence limited her recorded output somewhat. But Carter stuck around long enough to receive her proper due; her unwillingness to compromise eventually earned her the respect of the wider jazz audience, and many critics regarded her as perhaps the purest jazz singer active in the '80s and '90s.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.