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Further Definitions

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Impulse
  • ASIN: B000024HSU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Benny Carter has a fine reputation not only as an alto saxophonist but arranger and composer this CD provides a suitable showcase for him on all counts. In company with some of the most notable swing musicians of his generation they provide blistering music. Originally two albums, Futher Definitions and Additions to Futher Definitions recorded in 1961 and 1966 respectively they encompas both standards and newly written material. This CD was a welcome addition to my collection when I got it.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2013
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Benny Carter (1907-2003) was one of the great ambassadors of jazz, as well as one of its consistently fine sax players.
On these two albums, collected on one disc, he`s at his best - when wasn`t he? - with a mouth-watering, ear-pleasing, heartwarming roster of fellow musicians, including Phil Woods, Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Rouse (moonlighting from his usual gig with Thelonious), and Jo Jones on drums, bassist Jimmy Garrison, John Collins playing some tasty guitar, pianist Dick Katz, with Barney Kessel, Mundell Lowe, Bud Shank, Buddy Collette, Ray Brown and Alvin Stoller accompanying on the later tracks.
What you get is 71 minutes of terrific jazz. Benny Carter`s name is synonymous with class, and these tracks ooze just that on a mix of uptempo and slower numbers, such as opener Honeysuckle Rose, a marvellous reading of the Carter original We Were in Love, a lovely version of The Midnight Sun Will Never Set, the inevitable Body and Soul, and twelve other tracks, all superb, in fine sound.
In Cook & Morton`s peerless and generally reliable Penguin CD Guide, they honour this release as one of their `Core Collection` of discs every jazz fan should have.
I couldn`t agree more.
Carter was a great musician, who invariably failed to let you down - and who had the good sense to play on an early album by the wonderful Maria Muldaur. No wonder I love the guy.
This is pretty well self-recommending. It`s as good as it sounds - and it sounds just great!
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Carter's playing is up to its usual standard. All solos nicely crafted. Both lyrical and showing respect for the original melodies and harmonies.
He is ably supported by other masters of the genre.
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This is a good example of Benny Carter's music on both alto sax and trumpet. CD content gives good value for money with good digital transfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reissue that demands to be played again and again. 3 Aug. 2000
By bruce horner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those well-produced two-for-one CD's that give you a nice bang for your buck. In late 1961 noted altoist, trumpeter, arranger, and composer Benny Carter went into the studio with a group that included Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Rouse, Phil Woods, and the great Jo Jones on drums. The eight tracks they recorded were released as the epochal Further Definitions album and comprise the first eight tracks on this CD. The second eight comprise the 1966 album Additions To Further Definitions, which could be thought of as a kind of "bonus album" on the CD. The Further Definitions material is wonderful. The rich sonority of the four reeds coupled with snappy arrangements make for energetic, punchy versions of swing standards such as "Honeysuckle Rose," "Crazy Rhythm," and "Cotton Tail" and for beautiful, mesmerizing ballads. The climax is "Body and Soul" which features Carter's new arrangement of Hawkins's renowned 1939 solo; everyone shines on it, but Hawkins outdoes himself. The second album isn't as good, but it's hard to compete with a lineup like Woods/Hawkins/Rouse/Jones. It's not bad, but not a classic---nice to have as an extra though. All possible kudos to Michael Cuscuna for this excellently produced reissue, original liner notes and all. If you don't have Further Definitions on vinyl you should get this at once.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz as a Work of Art 5 Mar. 2002
By Benedict Mondello - Published on Amazon.com
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Combine superb solos with tight ensemble playing and you get a superior performance. Add genius to the mix and you get Further Definitions. A group of jazz All-Stars gets together and you get great solos. But, these great stars (Phil Woods, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Joe Jones) give you as tight a performance as any established band. Listen, and you know these guys wanted to be in that studio together. "The Midnight Sun will Never Set" is a classic. It's a performance blessed from above.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously good. 14 Feb. 2006
By Peter Hargreaves - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The album is so good, swings so hard and the arrangements are exellent. All of the players-Carter, Hawkins, Rouse, and Woods-are in top form backed by a superb rhythm section. Definitely get this if you have any interest in jazz whatsoever.
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Session From A Jazz Master 28 Dec. 2014
By Stephen K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Benny Carter was one of the true masters of jazz.
This early 60's session finds him in the company of his long time friend and associate, Coleman Hawkins, another master of the art.
Throw in Charlie Rouse and Phil Woods (that's just the horns) plus Jo Jones and you have a date that swings from first note to last.

As a bonus, there is another mid-sixties date added to this package.
While not as essential as the Further Definitions session, it does feature some nice writing by Benny.
There is also some strong playing by the likes of Teddy Edwards, Buddy Collette and Bill Hood.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered or not, it's awesome. 11 Jan. 2007
By Richard Frost - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My copy is the first CD release of "Further Definitions: The Complete Further Definitions Sessions" -- the copy listed here is a digitally remastered version of the copy I own. Get your hands on either one. As other reviewers have noted, the 1st 8 tracks are from a 1961 recording session and the remaining 8 were recorded with differing personnel in 1966. These latter tracks were produced more along the lines of Oliver Nelson's "Blues and the abstract truth" -- also from Impulse. In fact the cover design will look hauntingly familiar. Never mind, this CD is definately worth owning. I rate it as my 3rd favorite recording with Benny Carter, with "3, 4, 5 The Verve Small Group Sessions" as #1.
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