Central City Sketches

Central City Sketches

by Benny Carter & The American Jazz Orchestra


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One of the many Benny Carter recordings cut after he returned to jazz on a full-time basis in the mid-'70s, this double-LP set is the jewel among the seemingly countless number of gems. Eight of Carter's compositions are performed by the all-star American Jazz Orchestra ("Doozy" gets two versions) along with his old theme song "Sleep" and his recently written six-part "Central City Sketches." Virtually every player in this big band was a potential star soloist; among the more notable musicians are trombonist Jimmy Knepper, tenors Lew Tabackin and Loren Schoenberg and either John Lewis or Dick Katz on piano. But, as is often the case, Benny Carter frequently steals solo honors and his brief trumpet spot on "Central City Blues" is memorable.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2009
Label: Nimbus Records
UPC: 0710357271625
catalogNumber: 2716
Rank: 263788

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Benny Carter & The American Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
American Jazz Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Ron Carter   Bass,Upright Bass
Bill Easley   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
John Lewis   Piano,Conductor
Mel Lewis   Drums
Remo Palmier   Guitar
Loren Schoenberg   Tenor Saxophone
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Lew Tabackin   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Dick Katz   Piano
John Purcell   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Danny Bank   Bass,Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Benny Carter   Trumpet,Conductor,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
John Eckert   Trumpet
Jack Jeffers   Trombone
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Cirgil Jones   Trumpet
John G. Lewis   Piano

Technical Credits

John Lewis   Musical Director,Music Direction
Irving Mills   Composer
Leroy Parkins   Producer,Audio Production
Benny Carter   Arranger,Composer
Gary Giddins   Liner Notes
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Gregory K. Squires   Engineer
Spencer Williams   Composer
John Berg   Art Direction
John G. Lewis   Musical Director

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