It's Not About the Melody

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It's Not About the Melody
Studio album by Betty Carter
Released 1992
Recorded May 25–26, 1992, Clinton Recording Studios and Eastside Sound
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 71:34
Label Verve 314-513870-2
Producer Betty Carter
Betty Carter chronology
Droppin' Things
(1990)
It's Not About the Melody
(1992)
Feed the Fire
(1996)

It's Not About the Melody is a 1992 studio album by the American jazz singer Betty Carter.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album four stars, and described Carter as "a vocal improviser in a manner few have equaled, and if her voice lacks the clarity and timbre of the all-time greats, she's more than compensated with incredible timing, flexibility and power."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Naima's Love Song"   Betty Carter, John Hicks 8:25
2. "Stay as Sweet as You Are"   Mack Gordon, Harry Revel 7:11
3. "Make Him Believe"   Carter 5:25
4. "I Should Care"   Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston 3:26
5. "Once upon a Summertime"   Eddie Barclay, Michel Legrand, Eddy Marnay, Johnny Mercer 5:58
6. "You Go to My Head"   J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 5:35
7. "In the Still of the Night"   Cole Porter 4:07
8. "When It's Sleepy Time Down South"   Clarence Muse, Leon René, Otis Rene 7:45
9. "The Love We Had Yesterday"   Pat Watson 7:17
10. "Dip Bag"   Carter 8:57
11. "You're Mine You"   Johnny Green, Edward Heyman 7:12
Total length:
71:34

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "It's Not About the Melody". Allmusic. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review