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
It's Not About the Melody
Feed the Fire

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


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



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