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Bennett Lester Carter (August 8, 1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was recognised as such by other jazz musicians who called him King.

As a youth, Carter lived in Harlem around the corner from Bubber Miley who was Duke Ellington's star trumpeter. Carter was inspired by Miley and bought a trumpet, but when he found he couldn't… read more

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  • Avatar for Marxism1
    Oh so lovely. <3
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    "I'm coming viriginia" recorded in Paris 7th March 1938 : Django Reinhardt (g).
  • Avatar for Gnessie
    inmortal
  • Avatar for LarrySlezak
    Jazz Lovers: www.last.fm/music/Larry+Slezak
  • Avatar for LondonLouis
    A correction: try McKinney's Cotton Pickers - there's a certain amount of music under than spelling.
  • Avatar for LondonLouis
    Benny was one of the great Big Band composers. Check out the work he did for Spike Hughes, the British arranger in the early 1930s. Last.fm does not have any tracks from the McKinney Cotton-Pickers, with which Benny had a brief spell. You also need to check out the work he did for Fletcher Henderson. From memory, I believe he cut his arranging teeth in that band.
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    Barney Kessel, I believe.
  • Avatar for strangerina
    Anybody know who the guitarist is on "I'm Coming Virginia" or "A Walkin' Thing"?
  • Avatar for SirAlecHendrix
    Benny Carter—now connected to the brandnew group ➤ [group]Round Midnight[/group]
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    Improvisateur and arranger Benny Carter is the creator of elegant music that has enriched the discourse of major swing orchestras and powerfully influence the modernists of the postwar period. His humanism is reflected faithfully in his work, began in 1930 !

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