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Benny Carter's long career was consistently characterized by high musical achievement, and he developed a unique and readily identifiable style as both an alto saxophonist and an arranger. He was able to double on trumpet and was also proficient on clarinet, piano, and trombone. His saxophone playing was pure-toned, fluid, and flawlessly phrased. One of the trademark sounds of his arrangements was four saxophones harmonizing one of his swooping melodies as if they were one instrument improvising. He also created the big-band model of contending brass and reed sections, anticipated harmonic trends that would later appear in bebop, and transformed a clunky Western notion of musical time into something more buoyant and fresh. Benjamin Lester Carter was born on August 8, 1907, in New York City and grew up in tManhattan (near Lincoln Center). He took piano lessons from his mother as a young boy, but his musical heroes were trumpeters like his cousin, Theodore Bennett, and Bubber Miley, who played with Duke Ellington

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Article: Album Review

Curtis Counce: You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!

Read "You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


When bassist Curtis Counce died of a heart attack at the age of 37 in 1963, the jazz world was deprived of a major talent. Not that one would have known much, for his death, while noted, was not extensively covered. Counce, a Midwesterner, had come to California and to jny:Los Angeles to learn his craft, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kate Gentile's New Opus, Music For Hi-Fi Bugs, David S. Ware

Read "Kate Gentile's New Opus, Music For Hi-Fi Bugs, David S. Ware" reviewed by David Brown


This week, an ambitious electro-acoustic release from drummer/composer Kate Gentile; big band works from Benny Carter, Pete Rugolo, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and Gard Nelssen; Ellingtonia from the '60s new thing, and finally a birthday remembrance of David S. Ware. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of ...

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Article: Album Review

The Jim Self & John Chiodini Quintet: Touch and Go

Read "Touch and Go" reviewed by Jack Bowers


A quintet whose front line consists of tuba, guitar and trumpet. How does that work? Quite well, actually--at least when that front line includes tuba master Jim Self, guitarist John Chiodini and trumpeter Ron Stout, ably supported by bassist Ken Wild and drummer Kendall Kay, on the Jim Self and John Chiodini Quintet's album, Touch and ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Carter

Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Carter

All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Carter's birthday today! Benny Carter's long career was consistently characterized by high musical achievement, and he developed a unique and readily identifiable style as both an alto saxophonist and an arranger. He was able to double on trumpet and was also proficient on clarinet, piano, and trombone. His saxophone playing ...

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Article: Album Review

John Coltrane: Evenings At The Village Gate

Read "Evenings At The Village Gate" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


All music is, as are all our greater gestures and pursuits--poetry, painting, literature, sculpture, dance--spiritual by nature. An outreach by the artist and thus, by extension, us, beyond the daily argot of the ordinary. But sometimes those instances are so far and in-between, so masked by the lawlessness of the present moment, that our higher selves ...

Article: Album Review

Steven Feifke: The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra

Read "The Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Metti assieme un talentoso giovane orchestratore come Steven Feifke, un trombettista di prima grandezza come Bijon Watson e una big band con grandi nomi e prestigiosi ospiti e il risultato è scontato. Il debutto della Generation Gap Jazz Orchestra è stato propiziato dalla collaborazione col Jazz Education Network ed ha assunto le vesti di ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Joe Chambers: Moving Pictures Orchestra: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Read "Joe Chambers: Moving Pictures Orchestra: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola" reviewed by John Kelman


It's one thing to have an established `place in the jazz pantheon, another to continue redefining that position, long after others might be content to rest on their laurels. Joe Chambers' work behind the drum kit with artists including Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Mingus, and McCoy Tyner has already ensured a ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Contemporary Records 70th: Art Pepper and Benny Carter

Read "Contemporary Records 70th: Art Pepper and Benny Carter" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


In the pantheon of great jazz record labels, the name Contemporary Records looms large among fans and collectors alike. Akin to their east coast competitor, Blue Note Records, Contemporary was well known for its refined presentations. From the characteristic covers and well-written liner notes to the quality pressings, Lester Koenig's labor of love was home to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Marshall Gilkes, Trevor Dunn and Others

Read "Marshall Gilkes, Trevor Dunn and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show has an eclectic mix of jazz that encompasses swing, jazz-rock. jazz-folk, and the experimental. Musicians heard on the program include Marshall Gilkes, Trevor Dunn, Kurt Elling, Stuff Smith, and Nels Cline. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill ...


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