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Benny Carter

Alyn Shipton is joined by Ken Mathieson to select the best recordings from the eight-decade career of saxophonist, trumpeter, singer, bandleader and arranger Benny Carter.

Saxophonist, trumpeter, singer, bandleader and arranger Benny Carter was one of the most complete musicians in jazz history, able to turn his talents to almost any challenge. In a recording career of eight decades, there are numerous highlights, and his friend and colleague Ken Mathieson joins Alyn Shipton to select the best.

As well as Carter's European discs from the 1930s with his British band and with Django Reinhardt, the programme explores his big bands, his small group work, and his collaborations with the likes of Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 23 Oct 2010 16:00


Music Played

  • Benny Carter

    Symphony in Riffs

    Composer: Carter Performers: Eddie Mallory, Bill Dillard, Dick Clark, tp; J C Higginbotham, Fred Robinson, Keg Johnson, tb; Benny Carter, Wayman Carver, Glyn Paque, Johnny Russell, reeds; Teddy Wilson, p; Lawrence Lucie, g; Ernest Hill, b; Sid Catlett, d. 16 Oct 1933.

    • The Classic Years.
    • Prestige Elite.
    • SGP0972 CD 2.
  • Coleman Hawkins and His All-Star Jam Band

    Crazy Rhythm

    Composer: Meyer / Wolfe Performers: Coleman Hawkins, Alix Combelle, ts; Benny Carter, Andre Ekyan, as; St├ęphane Grappelli; Django Reinhardt, g; Eugene d'Hellemes, b; Tommy Benford, d. Paris, 28 Apr 1937.

    • The Classic Years.
    • Prestige Elite.
    • SGP0972 CD 2.
  • Benny Carter


    Composer: Warren / Dixon Performers: Leslie Thompson, Tommy McQuater, tp; Lew Davis, Bill Mulrany, tb; Benny Carter, as, voc; Freddy Gardner, Andy McDevitt, George Evans, Buddy Featherstonehaugh, reeds; Eddi Macauley, p; Albert Harris, g; Wally Morris, b; Al Craig d. London, Jan 1937.

    • The Music Master.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 68 CD 2.
  • The Chocolate Dandies

    I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me

    Composer: Gaskill / McHugh Performers: Roy Eldridge, tp; Coleman Hawkins, ts; Benny Carter, as; Bernard Addison, g; John Kirby, b; Sid Catlett, d. New York, 25 May 1940.

    • The Music Master.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 68 CD 3.
  • Gene Krupa

    Rockin' Chair

    Composer: Carmichael Performers: Benny Carter, Graham Yung, Torg Halten, Shorty Sherock, Norman Murphy, tp; Babe Wegner, Jay Kelliher, Pat Virgadamo, tb; Mascagni Ruffo, Clint Neagley, Sam Musiker, Walter Bates, reeds; Bob Kitsis, p; Ray Biondi, g; Biddy Bastien, b; Gene Krupa, d. 22 March 1941.

    • Benny Carter Collection.
    • Deja Vu.
    • 2112.
  • Benny Carter and His Orchestra

    Jump Call

    Composer: Carter arr. Gil Fuller Performers: Louis Gray, Wallace Jones, Lewis Botton, Idrees Sulieman, tp; Alton Moore, Charles Johnson, Al Grey, John Morris, tb; Benny Carter, Joe Epps, Porter Kilbert, Willard Brown, Bumps Meyers, Harold Clark, reeds; Rufus Webster, p; James Cannady, g; Thomas Moultrie, b; Percy Brice, d. New York, 5 Jan 1946.

    • The Music Master.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 68 CD 3.
  • Jazz at The Philharmonic

    Funky Blues

    Composer: Hodges Performers: Charlie Shavers, tp; Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, as; Flip Phillips, Ben Webster, ts; Oscar Peterson, p; Barney Kessel, g; Ray Brown, b, J.C. Heard, d. Los Angeles, July 1952.

    • The Music Master.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 68 CD 4.
  • Benny Carter


    Composer: Hines / Woode Performers: Benny Carter, as; Teddy Wilson p; Jo Jones, d. Sep 1954.

    • 3, 4, 5: The Verve Small Group Sessions.
    • Verve.
    • 849395-2.
  • Art Tatum

    B Flat Blues

    Composer: Tatum Performers: Benny Carter, as; Art Tatum p; Louie Bellson, d. Los Angeles, 25 June 1954.

    • Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 1.
    • Pablo.
    • 2405424.
  • Benny Carter

    A Walkin' Thing

    Composer: Carter Performers: Benny Carter, as; Ben Webster, ts; Frank Rosolino, tb; Jimmy Rowles, p; Barney Kessel, g; Leroy Vinnegar, b; Shelly Manne, d. Los Angeles, 22 July 1957.

    • Jazz Giant.
    • Contemporary.
    • OJC 167-2.
  • Benny Carter

    Honeysuckle Rose

    Composer: Waller / Razaf Performers: Benny Carter, Phil Woods, as; Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Rouse, ts; Dick Katz, p; John Collins, g; Jimmy Garrison, b; Jo Jones, d. New York City, 13 Nov 1961.

    • Further Definitions.
    • MCA.
    • 5651.