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Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1952-1954 (2005)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 23, 2018
Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1952-1954 (2005)

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1952-1954 (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 263 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 138 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1400)

Volume ten in the complete chronological recordings of Benny Carter, as compiled and presented on compact disc in 2006 by the Classics label, contains most of the originally issued master takes from his Verve and Victor sessions which transpired in New York and Los Angeles during the period between July 26, 1952 and January 4, 1954. What didn't make it onto this disc was a chunk of the Carter discography dating from August and October 1952, including the material released as the Alone Together album by "Benny Carter with the Oscar Peterson Trio and Buddy Rich" and a couple of tunes by Benny Carter's Orchestra with vocals by Savannah Churchill…

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1946-1948 (1999)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 22, 2018
Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1946-1948 (1999)

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1946-1948 (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 188 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 186 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1043)

Benny Carter, like Coleman Hawkins, spent the '40s rubbing shoulders with bebop's young Turks, while mostly maintaining the style he forged during the early jazz and swing years. Possibly, like Hawkins again, Carter's '30s stay in Europe opened him up to the progressive nature of jazz and the necessity of always taking advantage of the music's complexities and malleability. And while Carter didn't ape Charlie Parker's alto flights or become a fixture at Minton's Playhouse, he did head up some fine big bands that featured the likes of Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach, and Howard McGhee, to name a few bebop figures…

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1943-1946 (1997)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 21, 2018
Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1943-1946 (1997)

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1943-1946 (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 195 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 173 MB | Covers (4 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 923)

Pursuing a similar path to one taken by Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter followed up a bountiful start during the early jazz and nascent big band years with an ex-pat stay in Europe. In addition to heading up the BBC Dance Orchestra, Carter recorded several big band and combo sides throughout the continent. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1938, he formed another big band in New York, eventually moved to the West Coast, and continued leading both large and small groups. This Classics disc takes up the story upon Carter's L.A. arrival in 1943 and covers the first three years of his still-ongoing residency in the south land…

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1940-1941 (1992)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 14, 2018
Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1940-1941 (1992)

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1940-1941 (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 296 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 174 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 631)

Most of the selections on the sixth and final Classics' CD to reissue all of Benny Carter's pre-war recordings as a leader feature the altoist's commercially unsuccessful big band. With such major soloists as the leader, trumpeter Jonah Jones and Sidney DeParis, trombonists Benny Morton and Jimmy Archey and pianist Sonny White, it is surprising that this orchestra did not make it. The October 23, 1940 recording session (which has three vocals by Roy Felton including one in which he is joined by the Mills Brothers) is quite rare while the opening set from eight days earlier is a small group date with Bill Coleman and Benny Morton that features a pair of W.C. Handy blues sung by Big Joe Turner. Excellent swing music overall.

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1939-1940 (1991)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 13, 2018
Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1939-1940 (1991)

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1939-1940 (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 232 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 162 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 579)

This CD, the fifth in Classics' complete chronological reissue of Benny Carter's early recordings as a leader, features his 1939-40 big band, an orchestra that never did catch on commercially. Most selections have trumpeter Joe Thomas, trombonist Vic Dickenson and pianist Eddie Heywood as the main soloists other than the leader (who plays alto and trumpet) although the last date on this disc has a reorganized band with trumpeter Bill Coleman and trombonist Sandy Williams among the principal players. among the highpoints from this enjoyable but underrated big band are "Savoy Stampede," "Scandal in a Flat," "Shufflebug Shuffle," "Night Hop" and "When Lights Are Low."

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1937-1939 (1990)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 12, 2018
Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1937-1939 (1990)

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1937-1939 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 251 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 171 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 552)

The fourth CD in Classics' complete chronological reissue of Benny Carter's early recordings as a leader finds Carter (on alto, trumpet, clarinet, tenor and even one vocal) leading orchestras in London, Laren, the Hague, Paris and (for the final three selections) New York. Highpoints include "Nagasaki," "I'm in the Mood for Swing," "Blues in My Heart," "I'm Coming Virginia" (from a three-song session that also features Django Reinhardt) and "Melancholy Lullaby." In addition, the great tenor Coleman Hawkins plays a prominent role on four of the performances. Carter is in top form throughout these often formerly rare but very vital swing recordings. His fans should quickly acquire all of these invaluable Classics releases.

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1933-1936 (1990)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 11, 2018
Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1933-1936 (1990)

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1933-1936 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 269 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 176 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 530)

The second volume of the complete early Benny Carter from the European Classics label features Carter on alto, trumpet, clarinet and as arranger (in addition to contributing a bit of piano and even a vocal) on three numbers with Spike Hughes's all-star orchestra, as part of the 1933 edition of The Chocolate Dandies (an interracial outfit put together by Mezz Mezzrow) and with his own big band in 1933-34 and in England two years later. Highlights include "Symphony in Riffs," "Blue Lou" and "Everybody Shuffle."

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1929-1933 (1990)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 10, 2018
Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1929-1933 (1990)

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - 1929-1933 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 260 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 172 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 522)

The European Classics series has been reissuing on CD the complete output of many top jazz artists of the '20s and '30s. Benny Carter's music at last receives the treatment it deserves in this program. His first volume features the great altoist with a pickup group (the Chocolate Dandies) from 1929-30 that showcases sidemen from Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra, with his own orchestra in 1932-33 (three of the five numbers have rare vocals from Carter) and on 11 sides with Spikes Hughes's all-star band, an orchestra that also features trumpeter Red Allen, trombonist Dicky Wells, Wayman Carver on flute and the tenors of Coleman Hawkins and Chu Berry. This is wonderful and, in many cases, formerly rare music.

Gene Krupa And His Orchestra - 1941 Vol. 2 (1998)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 10, 2018
Gene Krupa And His Orchestra - 1941 Vol. 2 (1998)

Gene Krupa And His Orchestra - 1941 Vol. 2 (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 171 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 160 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1006)

This volume in the Classics Gene Krupa chronology presents everything recorded by the Gene Krupa Orchestra between June 5 and October 3, 1941. These sessions took place in New York, Chicago, and Hollywood. The music came out on the OKeh label and was well received by a record-buying public with an apparently insatiable appetite for pop vocals. In addition to smooth crooning from Howard Dulany and Johnny Desmond there were snappy, jazzy vocals from Anita O'Day. Dulany's best moments occur during the humorous "Love Me as I Am," a humble opus peppered with references to snoring and tabletop doodling…

Gene Krupa And His Orchestra - 1940 Vol. 3 (1996)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 7, 2018
Gene Krupa And His Orchestra - 1940 Vol. 3 (1996)

Gene Krupa And His Orchestra - 1940 Vol. 3 (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 216 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 155 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 917)

The seventh CD in the Classics label's Gene Krupa reissue series is mostly fairly weak. Despite Krupa's presence, his band at the time was average (only trumpeter Shorty Sherock had much of a reputation as a soloist) and, of the 21 selections on this disc, only three are instrumentals. Irene Daye's nine vocals are certainly listenable, although Howard Dulany's seven ballad features are more routine; Daye and Dulany take "You Forgot About Me" as a vocal duet. The instrumentals ("Hamtramck," "Full Dress Hop" and an excellent version of "Sweet Georgia Brown") are fine, but this CD is only recommended to completists.