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    I Can't Get Started - Benny Carter

    bob erwig

    by bob erwig

    I Can't Get Started Carter/Kustbandet 1980

    Saxophonist Benny Carter was featured with the Swedish big band Kustbandet. Probably around 1980 at a summer midnight concert in the Stockholm area.
    Benny announces and plays I can't get started.
    For over six decades, Benny Carter has occupied a unique place in American music. As Duke Ellington once wrote: "The problem of expressing the contributions that Benny Carter has made to popular music is so tremendous it completely fazes me, so extraordinary a musician is he."
    As a soloist, Carter, along with Johnny Hodges, was the model for swing era alto saxophonists. He is nearly unique in his ability to double on trumpet, which he plays in an equally distinctive style. In addition, he is an accomplished clarinetist, and has recorded proficiently on piano and trombone. As an arranger, he helped chart the course of big band jazz, and his compositions, such as "When Lights Are Low" and "Blues In My Heart," have become jazz standards. Carter has also made major musical contributions to the world of film and television. His musicianship and personality have won him the respect of fellow artists and audiences on every continent.