Benny Carter Songbook

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Benny Carter Songbook
Benny Carter Songbook.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedJune 26, 1995 - August 26, 1995
StudioGroup IV Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Master Sound Astoria, New York, NY
ProducerDanny Kapilian, Ed Berger
Benny Carter chronology
Elegy in Blue
Benny Carter Songbook
Another Time, Another Place

Benny Carter Songbook is an album by saxophonist/composer Benny Carter recorded in 1995 and released by the MusicMasters label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]

AllMusic reviewer Scott Yanow stated "Due to his being such a talented altoist, arranger and occasional trumpeter for seven decades, it is often forgotten that Benny Carter wrote some worthy songs along the way ... The ambitious program includes five Carter songs that were receiving their world premiere; in addition Carter also wrote or co-wrote the lyrics to nine of the pieces. The singers all show respect for the melody and words ... The vocalists consistently seem quite inspired by the unique project. There are many short Carter and Warren Vache solos and, even with the emphasis on ballads, there is more variety than one might expect. The well-conceived tribute is easily recommended".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Benny Carter Except where noted

  1. "Only Trust Your Heart" (Benny Carter, Sammy Cahn) – 5:28
  2. "All That Jazz" (Carter, Al Stillman) – 4:53
  3. "I Was Wrong" – 4:21
  4. "Rain" – 4:58
  5. "Cow-Cow Boogie" (Don Raye, Carter, Gene de Paul) – 5:32
  6. "Fresh Out of Love" – 5:37
  7. "Speak Now" – 4:54
  8. "A Kiss from You" (Carter, Johnny Mercer) – 5:27
  9. "You Bring Out the Best in Me" – 4:15
  10. "My Kind of Trouble Is You" (Carter, Paul Vandervoort II) – 5:46
  11. "When Lights Are Low" (Carter, Spencer Williams) – 4:05
  12. "Lonely Woman" (Carter, Ray Sonin) – 6:33
  13. "Key Largo" (Carter, Karl Suessdorf, Leah Worth) – 4:32
  14. "We Were in Love" – 6:00
  15. "I See You" – 4:48




  1. ^ Encilopedia del Jazz: Benny Carter, accessed June 10, 2019
  2. ^ Benny Carter: Selected Discography - Bibliography, accessed June 10, 2019
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Benny Carter: Songbook – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 10, 2019.