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Benny Carter

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: August 8, 1907 | Died: July 12, 2003    

Benny Carter

Benny Carter's long career was consistently characterized by high musical achievement, and he developed a unique and readily identifiable style as both an alto saxophonist and an arranger. He was able to double on trumpet and was also proficient on clarinet, piano, and trombone. His saxophone playing was pure-toned, fluid, and flawlessly phrased. One of the trademark sounds of his arrangements was four saxophones harmonizing one of his swooping melodies as if they were one instrument improvising. He also created the big-band model of contending brass and reed sections, anticipated harmonic trends that would later appear in bebop, and transformed a clunky Western notion of musical time into something more buoyant and fresh....
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Source: James Nadal

  • Sax ala Carter!

    Capitol Records
    2005
  • Further Definitions / Additions To Further Definitions

    Sonar Kollektiv
    2005
  • Sax Ala Carter!

    Sonar Kollektiv
    2004
  • Sax A La Carter!

    Sonar Kollektiv
    2004
  • All That Jazz - Live At Princeton

    Sonar Kollektiv
    2003
  • Jazz Giant

    Fantasy Jazz
    2003
  • Sketches On Standards

    Sonar Kollektiv
    2002
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