Betty Carter: 'Round Midnight


'Round Midnight


Betty Carter (vocals)


'Round Midnight (Atlantic 80453)

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Betty Carter (vocals),

and a big band featuring Phil Woods (alto saxophone), Joe Newman (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Richard Davis (bass)


Recorded: New York, December 6, 1962


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Betty Carter wasn't as acclaimed as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn during her career, but that’s certainly not through any fault of her own. Her vocal flexibility and musicianship are second to none, and are on full display on “‘Round Midnight.” Exploring every nuance of Monk’s haunting melody, and reveling in Oliver Nelson’s spacious arrangement, Carter’s pacing is impeccable, leading up to the samba-inspired interlude and breathtaking conclusion.

Reviewer: Matt Miller

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