When Benny Carter's playing is discussed, the emphasis is nearly always on his urbanity, polish, suavity, and smoothness. Less often mentioned are his drive, his swing, and the phenomenon of his precisely centered tone. In this concert at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival, Carter's rhythmic thrust and earthiness make it clear that his elegance is bolstered by the blues core that surrounds the heart of every great jazzman. Fortuitously teamed with pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and drummer Jimmie Smith, Carter gives great performances on both alto saxophone and trumpet.
with Ray Bryant, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Jimmie Smith