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Betty Carter Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: grp records
  • ASIN: B000003N6D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz singer with distinctive style 31 May 2004
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Some of the songs here may be familiar to fans of the Great American Songbook, but Betty's versions are distinctive. Betty was not one to pander to commercialism so her records were not promoted as much as they deserved, despite the enthusiastic support of Ray Charles, who recorded some duets with her (not included here). Betty's music is rooted in jazz but has plenty of soul in it. Betty could sing ballads and up-tempo songs equally effectively, though the up-tempo songs allow her excellent musicians to show their talents also and I generally prefer these.
The most familiar songs here are You're getting to be a habit with me (recorded by many singers from Bing Crosby in the thirties to Diana Krall in the nineties, but Betty's version is among the best), But beautiful, Something wonderful, What a little moonlight can do (my favorite here - a truly outstanding version of this classic up-tempo song), Mean to me, I don't want to set the world on fire, Stormy weather (normally associated with Lena Horne or Ethel Waters, but there have been countless versions) and My reverie (originally sung by Bea Wain).
If you enjoy the music of Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holliday, you may find Betty's music to your liking. Despite the absence of her duets with Ray Charles (available elsewhere), this is a fine representation of Betty's music.
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This is a very nice album by Billy Childs, which is why I give it four stars, but it is NOT with Betty Carter. The mixup seems to be with the Betty Carter album I Can't Help It, a fabulous album, but anyone who hopes to find a never previously released Betty Carter album in I've Known Rivers may be disappointed. Since I have practically every album with Betty Carter already, I was not surprised to first receive I Can't help It when I ordered this title, and then the Billy Childs album I've Known Rivers, which I found very enjoyable - but it still is a mix-up. The seller who sent me I Can't Help It, which I already owned, was extremely helpful refunding me and letting me keep the duplicate, and the Billy Childs album I will keep without complaints.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a master of his instrument 30 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
WOW! It is hard to top the musical mastery of tenor titan Michael Brecker who in recent years has proven himself a master of all post bop forms. This albulm shows complete mastery of his instrument with aggressivly obscure tunes that, although impossible to hum most of them, are surprosingly catchy. It is one of those cd's that the more you listen to it the more you will notice about each tune - from the ragingly aggressive tunes to the more intimate melodies. This cd is a must for any fan of the funkier side of jazz!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice introduction to the unuqueness of Betty Carter 24 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
She had a very unique voice, but she sure could improvise, swing and sing jazz. This CD was previosly released as "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" on 2 lp's in the 80's. It includes the entire LP "The Modern Sound Of Betty Carter" with arrangements by Bobby Darin's arranger. A swingin' session, with a great but unique jazz vocalist, Betty Carter's vocal tone is probably the closest any human voice has ever came to sounding like a jazz musician playing a saxaphone or a trumpet. This CD comes highly recommended.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to know who that marvelous singer was! 28 May 2002
By Tenli Yavneh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was driving in my car listening to a local jazz station play their daily uninterrupted noon CD, and this wonderful album completely mesmerized me. Unfortunately, having missed the beginning and arriving at my destination before the end, I did not hear whose work it was. The music stayed with me for days, until finally I had to track down the station's web site so I could identify the singer and the songs. Then I immediately went to amazon and ordered it. Haven't stopped listening to it since it arrived, and it only gets better.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz singer with distinctive style 4 Mar 2004
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some of the songs here may be familiar to fans of the Great American Songbook, but Betty's versions are distinctive. Betty was not one to pander to commercialism so her records were not promoted as much as they deserved, despite the enthusiastic support of Ray Charles, who recorded some duets with her (not included here). Betty's music is rooted in jazz but has plenty of soul in it. Betty could sing ballads and up-tempo songs equally effectively, though the up-tempo songs allow her excellent musicians to show their talents also and I generally prefer these.
The most familiar songs here are You're getting to be a habit with me (recorded by many singers from Bing Crosby in the thirties to Diana Krall in the nineties, but Betty's version is among the best), But beautiful, Something wonderful, What a little moonlight can do (my favorite here - a truly outstanding version of this classic up-tempo song), Mean to me, I don't want to set the world on fire, Stormy weather (normally associated with Lena Horne or Ethel Waters, but there have been countless versions) and My reverie (originally sung by Bea Wain).
If you enjoy the music of Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holliday, you may find Betty's music to your liking. Despite the absence of her duets with Ray Charles (available elsewhere), this is a fine representation of Betty's music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! 22 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Before hearing this cd I had never heard of Betty Carter before but as soon as I heard the first track I wondered how she isn't known as the greatest jazz singer of all time! She has the best jazz voice I've ever heard, blowing even Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald out of the water. Her scat solos are phenominal! She adapts so well to the backgrounds being played behind her solos and she does such a good job of making her voice sound like a horn its crazy. My personal favorite solo of hers is on "You're Driving Me Crazy". This 24 track cd shows Betty's wide stylistic range. She sings songs ranging from the slow bluesy "I Can't Help It" to the fast swingin "You're Driving Me Crazy" I love every song on this cd! Even if the song's not all that good, Betty makes it enjoyable. Definitly buy this cd, I would recomend it to anyone!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away! 27 Feb 2001
By "tinhead98" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The most phenomenal female jazz vocalist I have ever heard, this is (in my opinion) Betty Carter at her best! For those of you looking for another Ella Fitzgerald, you've just happened upon something better (trust me, Ella will sound square after this)..
Known for her brilliant scat singing (wonderfully demonstrated in "You're Driving Me Crazy"), Betty Carter traverses a whole range of songs, from the lush semitones of "Something Wonderful" and the achingly beautiful Billie Holliday tribute, "Don't Weep For The Lady", to the rip-roaring "What a Little Moonlight Can Do".
The title track (written by Carter) aptly describes her unorthodox voice and style - she sings with spirit and gusto, and frankly, she "can't help" being so damn good.
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