Further Definitions (impulse 1961)
27 de enero de 2013 § 1 comentario
Benny Carter… El Rey, el viento del jazz! tocaba el saxo alto, la trompeta, el clarinete… compositor, arreglista, director de big band y docente cuando en 1969 fue convencido para este menester por Morroe Berger, un profesor de sociología de la Universidad de Princeton que había hecho una tesis dedicada al jazz… también fue ese priviliegiado que actuó en 1958 con Billy Holiday en el legendario Festival de Jazz de Monterrey. Premio Grammy a la carrera artística en 1987 y Jazz at Lincoln Center Award for Artistic Excellence, su música fue interpretada por la Orquesta de Jazz del Lincoln Center con Wynton Marsalis y Diana Krall. Destacaré su composición “prohibido” por su sabor brasileño q tanto me conmueve. LISTEN!
To say that Benny Carter had a remarkable and productive career would be an extreme understatement. As an altoist, arranger, composer, bandleader, and occasional trumpeter, Carter was at the top of his field since at least 1928, and in the late ’90s, Carter was as strong an altoist at the age of 90 as he was in 1936 (when he was merely 28). His gradually evolving style did not change much through the decades, but neither did it become at all stale or predictable except in its excellence. Benny Carter was a major figure in every decade of the 20th century since the 1920s, and his consistency and longevity were unprecedented.
Essentially self-taught, Benny Carter started on the trumpet and, after a period on C-melody sax, switched to alto. In 1927, he made his recording debut with Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten. The following year, he had his first big band (working at New York’s Arcadia Ballroom) and was contributing arrangements to Fletcher Henderson and even Duke Ellington. Carter was with Henderson during 1930-1931, briefly took over McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, and then went back to leading his own big band (1932-1934). Already at this stage he was considered one of the two top altoists in jazz (along with Johnny Hodges), a skilled arranger and composer (“Blues in My Heart” was an early hit and would be followed by “When Lights Are Low”), and his trumpet playing was excellent; Carter would also record on tenor, clarinet (an instrument he should have played more), and piano, although his rare vocals show that even he was human.