Cosmopolite (album)

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Studio album by
Released1956 (1956)
RecordedDecember 4, 1952, December 31, 1953, and January 4, 1954
StudioRadio Recorders, Los Angeles
ProducerNorman Granz
Benny Carter chronology
Alone Together
Benny Carter Plays Pretty
The Urbane Mr.Carter Cover
The Urbane Mr Carter.jpg

Cosmopolite is an album by American jazz saxophonist Benny Carter recorded at three sessions between 1952 and 1954 and released by Norgran Records.[1][2] The album features tracks that were released on the 10 inch LP The Urbane Mr. Carter.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]

Allmusic awarded the album 3 stars stating that the album "showcases altoist Benny Carter in two very different settings. Side one finds him interpreting ballads in front of a string section while the flip side matches Carter with the Oscar Peterson Trio and drummer J.C. Heard. It is a credit to his versatility and talents that Benny Carter plays quite well in both formats".[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Can't We Be Friends?" (Paul James, Kay Swift)2:38
2."Symphony" (Alex Alstone, Jack Lawrence, Andre Tabet)2:16
3."Sorry" (Carter)3:04
4."I'll Be Around" (Alec Wilder)2:34
5."Beautiful Love" (Wayne King, Victor Young, Egbert Van Alstyne)2:50
6."Blue Star" (Carter)3:08
7."Street Scene" (Alfred Newman)3:17
8."Imagination" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke)3:30
9."Pick Yourself Up" (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)2:31
10."I Get a Kick Out of You" (Cole Porter)2:51
11."With a Song in My Heart" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)2:32
12."Flamingo" (Ted Grouya, Edmund Anderson)2:50



  1. ^ Edwards, D. & Callahan, M. Norgran Label Discography, accessed March 29, 2016
  2. ^ Norgran Records Catalog: 1000 series accessed March 29, 2016
  3. ^ Norgran Records Catalog: Ten Inch series accessed March 29, 2016
  4. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Cosmopolite – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved March 30, 2016.