Benny Carter's life in music was a continuum of achievement from the 1920s to the 21st century. Although he never "disappeared," there were periods when he was more visible than others. Writing for Hollywood studios preoccupied him for a few years, but even then he produced memorable performances as an alto saxophonist, occasional trumpeter, and, always, a composer and orchestrator of magical gifts. Whatever else he was up to, Carter always seemed to find time to record with players he admires. This 1976 date is a case in point. With a dream New York City rhythm section, Carter applies his acumen and elegance to Erroll Garner's "Misty," the venerable "Three Little Words," and five of his own compositions. Tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison join him on three of the pieces.
with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Grady Tate, Milt Hinton, Ray Bryant