Betty Carter: Lover Man (1993)
Betty Carter (vocals)
Feed the Fire (Verve 314 523 600-2)
Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, October 30, 1993
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
Betty Carterís final 10 years brought her uncompromising style to Verve records and a wider audience. Her unorthodox treatment of this Ram Ramirez standard shows she hadnít budged from her iconoclastic ways. She is the primary soloist over the ostinato figures the band delivers throughout. The amazing swing of this ensemble is unquestioned, but itís a staid performance for the most part. Not a weak track, per se, but overshadowed by the ĎFireí of the rest of this live recording.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy