Benny Carter: A Foggy Day


A Foggy Day


Benny Carter (alto sax)


Cosmopolite (Verve 314 521 673-2)

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Benny Carter (alto sax), Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass),

Bobby White (drums)


Composed by George & Ira Gershwin


Recorded: Los Angeles, November 12, 1954


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Charlie Parker was the king of the saxophone when this track was recorded, and every alto player was under Bird's sway. Well, not every one . . . Benny Carter was laying down some heavy alto lines like bebop never happened. And it's hard not to be captivated by the proceedings here. Carter's tone, his ideas, his sense of swing were delightful then, and still are today. As with so many Carter solos, this is one that, after you hear it a few times, you will start singing along with the record. And if Carter is the Cosmopolite that gives this project its name, then Oscar Peterson is the ultimate gentleman, pulling out the Nat King Cole imitation that he saved for moments such as this, guiding the rhythm section and maintaining the Swing Era ambiance of the date.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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