Central City Sketches Benny Carter & The American Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
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One of the many Benny Carter recordings cut after he returned to jazz on a full-time basis in the mid-'70s, this double-LP set is the jewel among the seemingly countless number of gems. Eight of Carter's compositions are performed by the all-star {|American Jazz Orchestra|} (Doozy gets two versions) along with his old theme song Sleep and his recently written six-part Central City Sketches. Virtually every player in this big band was a potential star soloist; among the more notable musicians are trombonist {|Jimmy Knepper|}, tenors {|Lew Tabackin|} and {|Loren Schoenberg|} and either {|John Lewis|} or {|Dick Katz|} on piano. But, as is often the case, Benny Carter frequently steals solo honors and his brief trumpet spot on Central City Blues is memorable.


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