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Songbook

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01
Only Trust Your Heart
Artist: Benny Carter, Dianne Reeves
5:31
 
02
All That Jazz
Artist: Benny Carter, Carmen Bradford, Kenny Rankin
4:56
 
03
I Was Wrong
Artist: Benny Carter, Joe Williams
4:24
 
04
Rain
Artist: Benny Carter, Marlene Shaw
5:00
 
05
Cow-Cow Boogie
Artist: Benny Carter, Jon Hendricks
5:35
 
06
Fresh Out of Love
Artist: Benny Carter, Diana Krall
5:37
 
07
Speak Now
Artist: Benny Carter, Billy Stritch
4:57
 
08
A Kiss From You
Artist: Benny Carter, Shirley Horn
5:28
 
09
You Bring Out The Best in Me
Artist: Benny Carter, Bobby Short
4:17
 
10
My Kind of Trouble Is You
Artist: Benny Carter, Ruth Brown
5:45
 
11
When Lights Are Low
Artist: Benny Carter, Weslia Whitfield
4:07
 
12
Lonely Woman
Artist: Benny Carter, Nancy Marano
6:35
 
13
Key Largo
Artist: Benny Carter, Carmen Bradford
4:34
 
14
We Were In Love
Artist: Benny Carter, Dianne Reeves, Joe Williams
6:04
 
15
I See You
Artist: Benny Carter, Peggy Lee
4:48
 
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Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 77:38

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A little over-produced but

naldini

these folks are all masters of their craft. Team one of the all time best sax players and arrangers with some of the best vocalists of our time (if not all time) and you get just one more gem offered up by e*music that you probably would never see anywhere else. These are the unexpected pleasures that makes e*music a GREAT place to be!

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Fantastic collection!

gardog

I have owned this album for years and it is a great collection of Benny Carter's songs interpreted by a variety of wonderful singers. The only disappointment is I See You with Peggy Lee, a weak vocal performance. Look for Songbook II as well, although not available on emusic.

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They Say All Music Guide

Due to his being such a talented altoist, arranger and occasional trumpeter for seven decades, it is often forgotten that Benny Carter wrote some worthy songs along the way. “When Lights Are Low” and “Blues in My Heart” are standards while “Only Trust Your Heart,” “Key Largo” and the novelty hit “Cow-Cow Boogie” are close. For this unusual set, 14 different singers had opportunities to interpret one or two Carter compositions while joined by a fine quintet consisting of cornetist Warren Vache, pianist Chris Neville, bassist Steve LaSpina, drummer Sherman Ferguson and Carter himself (88 at the time!) on alto. The ambitious program includes five Carter songs that were receiving their world premiere; in addition Carter also wrote or co-wrote the lyrics to nine of the pieces. The singers all show respect for the melody and words with Jon Hendricks being playful on “Cow-Cow Boogie,” Joe Williams quite touching on “I Was Wrong” and a weakened Peggy Lee making a memorable cameo on “I See You.” The vocalists consistently seem quite inspired by the unique project. There are many short Carter and Warren Vache solos and, even with the emphasis on ballads, there is more variety than one might expect. The well-conceived tribute (which also has fine appearances by Dianne Reeves, Carmen Bradford, Kenny Rankin, Marlena Shaw, Diana Krall, Billy Stritch, Shirley Horn, Bobby Short, Ruth Brown, Weslia Whitfield and Nancy Marano) is easily recommended. – Scott Yanow

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