Droppin' Things

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Droppin' Things
Droppin Things Betty Carter.jpg
Live album by Betty Carter
Released September 1990
Recorded Recorded May 25–26, 1990, at The Bottom Line, New York City and June 7, at Mastersound, New York City
Genre Vocal jazz
Length 61:34
Label Verve 843 991-2
Producer Betty Carter
Betty Carter chronology
Look What I Got!
Droppin' Things
It's Not About the Melody
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Droppin' Things is a 1990 live album by the American jazz singer Betty Carter.[2]

At the 32nd Grammy Awards, Carter's performance on this album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female.

Droppin' Things peaked at 3 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]

In his review for Allmusic.com, Scott Yanow gave the album three stars out of five.[2] Yanow wrote that Droppin' Things "solidified her [Carter's] credentials as one of jazz's top singers", and described the music as "consistently stimulating".[2]

Track listing[edit]

For the 1990 Verve CD Issue, 843991-2.

  1. "30 Years" (Betty Carter) – 3:58
  2. "Stardust"/"Memories of You" (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish)/(Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf) – 12:37
  3. "What's the Use of Wond'rin'?" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) – 5:22
  4. "Open the Door '90" (Carter) – 5:20
  5. "Droppin' Things" (Carter) – 6:34
  6. "I Love Music" (Burton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner) – 7:40
  7. "Why Him?" (Lane, Lerner) – 7:50
  8. "Dull Day (In Chicago)" (Carter) – 12:13


  • Chris Thompson - art direction
  • Joe Ferla - engineer, mixing, recording
  • Joe Newland - digital editor
  • Ed Korengo, Dave Parla, David Merrill - assistant engineer
  • Rich Cook - liner notes
  • Susan Ragan, Courtney Brown, Jr. - photography
  • Ora Ross Harris - project coordinator
  • Shelia Mathis - product manager
  • David Lau - design
  • Kooster McAlister, Paul Prestopino - Record Plant remote