Betty Carter: Feed the Fire
Feed the Fire
Betty Carter (vocals)
Feed the Fire (Verve 523 600-2)
Composed by Geri Allen.
Recorded: London, October 30, 1993
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
In 1993, Betty Carter toured Europe with one of her best bands ever, and those who caught her live will never forget what they saw and heard. For the others, this record – and particularly its title tune – is faithful testimony. Carter scats all along this wordless song, and never does it in the technical/mechanical way of so many singers. She's expressive and full of nuances throughout, always using her impressive range to optimal effect. With the terrific rhythm section fitting her marvelously, Betty Carter definitely asserts that she is one of the greatest ladies of jazz singing.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num