Benny Carter: I Got it Bad (And That Ain't Good)

You could admire Benny Carter for many things -- his composing or arranging, or his work on a half dozen or so instruments. But this track will tell you why he is considered one of the finest alto sax soloists in the history of jazz. His improvisation on the Ellington standard has it all: a rich, creamy tone, fresh ideas, relaxed phrasing and a delicate sense of swing. Above all, the performance is perfectly aligned with the emotional landscape Ellington intended for this song. The rhythm section is packed with Hall of Famers, but they know to lay low and let Carter run the show. If you don't know Mr. Carter, this track is a perfect place to make his acquaintance.

June 13, 2008 · 0 comments


Eric Felten: I Got it Bad (And That Ain't Good)

Felten made his name as a trombonist before switching gears to vocals. He possesses a voice out of the 1940s, rich and pure, without a hint of rock-and-roll grit or postmodern irony. His whole notes are beautiful to hear, hanging in the air like a perfect spiral at a homecoming game. And, unlike so many male singers of his generation, Felten is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. Listen to him put on this Ellington standard like a well-tailored suit, and you can believe he's got it bad, oh so bad - and it ain't good . . . except for the fans lucky enough to stumble on this unheralded CD.

November 18, 2007 · 0 comments


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