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Centerpiece - Benny Carter 1991

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bob erwig

Centerpiece – Benny Carter 1991
Nine and half minutes of pure pleasure. With tears in my eyes I followed this musical event played by 6 senior musicians who together and in their solo work doing just an unbelievable job. Naturally it always seem to be the very best when just a plain blues is being played, this one in Ab.
Somewhere I have another version of this tune done in London in 1964 by Harry Sweets Edison together with Coleman Hawkins.
This time Harry is there again with one of these typical solos what made him famous and for ever so recognizable.
Then there is Benny Carter playing that beautiful alto followed by Al Grey, this time with an very inspired muted trombone solo.
Marion McPartland, what a pianist. The last solos are impulsive bass and drum exchanges initiated by Milt Hinton; however one cannot catch drummer Louie Bellson.
Recorded at a jazz party in Vienna, Austria. Lucky guys who were there to enjoy it live!

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