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I Can't Help It
Betty Carter
I Can't Help It
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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This CD compiles two very different sessions from 1958 and 1960, presenting contrasting sides of the great bop vocalist Betty Carter. The first is with an outstanding 13-piece big band, with thoughtful arrangements by seve...  more »

      
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All Artists: Betty Carter
Title: I Can't Help It
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Grp Records
Release Date: 7/7/1992
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Vocal Jazz, Bebop, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011105011426

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This CD compiles two very different sessions from 1958 and 1960, presenting contrasting sides of the great bop vocalist Betty Carter. The first is with an outstanding 13-piece big band, with thoughtful arrangements by several band members including trombonist Melba Liston, altoist Gigi Gryce, tenorist Benny Golson, and trumpeter Ray Copeland. The setting suits the bop side of Carter perfectly; her approach challenges and matches the horn solos of Golson and trumpeter Kenny Dorham. The second session, with a string orchestra arranged and conducted by Richard Wess, emphasizes the gentler, ballad side of Carter's repertoire, but she hardly sounds repressed. The renditions of "My Reverie" and "Stormy Weather" show what Carter can do with a song in even the most formal settings. --Stuart Broomer

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Had to know who that marvelous singer was!
Tenli Yavneh | Oakland, CA USA | 05/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was driving in my car listening to a local jazz station play their daily uninterrupted noon CD, and this wonderful album completely mesmerized me. Unfortunately, having missed the beginning and arriving at my destination before the end, I did not hear whose work it was. The music stayed with me for days, until finally I had to track down the station's web site so I could identify the singer and the songs. Then I immediately went to amazon and ordered it. Haven't stopped listening to it since it arrived, and it only gets better."
Jazz singer with distinctive style
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 03/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Some of the songs here may be familiar to fans of the Great American Songbook, but Betty's versions are distinctive. Betty was not one to pander to commercialism so her records were not promoted as much as they deserved, despite the enthusiastic support of Ray Charles, who recorded some duets with her (not included here). Betty's music is rooted in jazz but has plenty of soul in it. Betty could sing ballads and up-tempo songs equally effectively, though the up-tempo songs allow her excellent musicians to show their talents also and I generally prefer these.The most familiar songs here are You're getting to be a habit with me (recorded by many singers from Bing Crosby in the thirties to Diana Krall in the nineties, but Betty's version is among the best), But beautiful, Something wonderful, What a little moonlight can do (my favorite here - a truly outstanding version of this classic up-tempo song), Mean to me, I don't want to set the world on fire, Stormy weather (normally associated with Lena Horne or Ethel Waters, but there have been countless versions) and My reverie (originally sung by Bea Wain).If you enjoy the music of Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holliday, you may find Betty's music to your liking. Despite the absence of her duets with Ray Charles (available elsewhere), this is a fine representation of Betty's music."
The great Betty Carter from Her Early Times
Carlos from Rio | Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil | 05/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is young Betty but already showing her powerful re-creation mind. Master in jazz vocal."