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The Music Master (4CD) Box set


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  • Audio CD (26 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Delko Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B0001ZXOL6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To say that Benny Carter had a remarkable and productive career would be an extreme understatement. As an alto sax player, arranger, composer, bandleader and occasional trumpeter, Carter was at the top of his field from at least 1928 right up to the late '90s. This 4CD set follows Carter's amazing career from 1930 through to 1952. In that time his bands ranged from small groups up to full big bands and included the likes of Teddy Wilson, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Peterson and Dexter Gordon. Carter moved from the US to England in the late '30s and recorded sessions both there, in Denmark and in France (with Django Reindhart) before moving back to the US. This Proper Box set includes a 52 page illustrated booklet, with full discography and liner notes that tell this amazing musician's full story.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Benny Carter was born in 1907 and died in 2003, after an active career in jazz that spanned eight decades. That has provided a wealth of material to draw on for this 4-CD set, which spans his earlier years, from 1930 to 1952. As a reference guide to his career progression, from the Chocolate Dandies, Spike Hughes Negro Orchestra, the London and Continental sessions, thence back to pre and postwar America, it is hard to see how this compilation could be bettered.

Throughout, Benny Carter's sophisticated and elegant approach is on display, which marked him out early on as one of the supreme stylists, particularly on the alto saxophone, although his talents encompassed also trumpet, clarinet, trombone, tenor sax, and piano. The set is rounded out in Proper Box fashion with a 52-page illustrated booklet by the indefatigable Joop Visser.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Stewart on 14 May 2011
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A well produced and interesting set of Carter tracks from his early days until the mid 1950's. I found the discography and historical content very useful and interesting.

Altogether a well presented and well documented set.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Composer, Arranger, and Multi-Instrumentalist 5 Aug 2007
By Barry McCanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Benny Carter was born in 1907 and died in 2003, after an active career in jazz that spanned eight decades. That has provided a wealth of material to draw on for this 4-CD set, which spans his earlier years, from 1930 to 1952. As a reference guide to his career progression, from the Chocolate Dandies, Spike Hughes Negro Orchestra, the London and Continental sessions, thence back to pre and postwar America, it is hard to see how this compilation could be bettered.

Throughout, Benny Carter's sophisticated and elegant approach is on display, which marked him out early on as one of the supreme stylists, particularly on the alto saxophone, although his talents encompassed also trumpet, clarinet, trombone, tenor sax, and piano. The set is rounded out in Proper Box fashion with a 52-page illustrated booklet by the indefatigable Joop Visser.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding collection of early Jazz by Benny Carter 30 Dec 2008
By Roger Berlind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this Proper box set because I had enjoyed other Proper box sets featuring Chick Webb, Jack Teagarden, and Coleman Hawkins. As those of you who have bought any Proper box sets, they are great bargains, usually having 4 CDs with a terrific 50 page booklet and also have great sound after the original (usually early) sources are digitally processed. I think the Benny Carter set might be my favorite set so far, although I really love the Coleman Hawkins set too.

I did not really know much about Benny Carter beyond his name and was very impressed to learn that he was an excellent soloist on so many instruments and also an excellent arranger and composer. This collection is outstanding from beginning to end including swinging and stomping hot numbers and very beautiful, slow-tempo ballads.

This collection is particularly enjoyable because it contains relatively few tracks with vocals, letting you really enjoy Benny and the other great instrumentalists. It's not that I don't like jazz singers; but the ones featured on other jazz collections dedicated to instrumentalists or big band leaders are not usually as good as the best Jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald and the songs they sing are not necessarily that great. When I buy a collection from a great saxophonist or trombonist, I'd rather hear them, not the singers who they played with.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
proper did it again 23 Feb 2010
By Rejean Tremblay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
People at Proper make fabulous box sets. This one is a very good one. Sound is good, performances are top notch...at that price, it's a bargain.
Sax at it's best 3 July 2014
By Joseph Consoli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A quality set from one of the best sax players. I got it just for "Malibu" and then realized that all Benny's recordings are great!
music master indeed 12 Nov 2011
By Benjamin Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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it was easy for me to pigeonhole Carter when I was learning about jazz. He was not Johnny Hodges, not Charlie Parker, not a swing tenor (my favorite species). I took his reputation for granted, and didn't really get what the reality was. The shift started several years ago when I first acquired "April in my Heart" by Billie Holiday and an unbelievable group -- Lester Young AND Hershal Evans, Harry James. But it starts with a classic Carter solo. So from there I went to the Carter I already had, and then to this box set. Like all the other Proper sets I have (12 in total -- so far), this is priced right, fully annotated, and fabulous, in a word.
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