Personnel: Benny Carter (alto saxophone, trumpet); Billie Holiday (vocals); Django Reinhardt, Lawrence Lucie, Rune Gustafsson (guitar); Charles Redland, Putte Wickman (clarinet); Jerome Richardson (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Arne Domnérus (alto saxophone); Chu Berry, Coleman Hawkins, Alix Combelle (tenor saxophone); Harry James, Jan Allan, Max Kaminsky (trumpet); Floyd O'Brien (trombone); Freddy Johnson , Teddy Wilson, Bengt Hallberg (piano).
Liner Note Author: Anders R. Öhman.
Recording information: Golden Star Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (11/06/1929-09/15/1982); Hague, The Netherlands (11/06/1929-09/15/1982).
Directors: Magnus Persson ; Big Sid Catlett.
The bulk of this CD reissues a brilliant 1982 session featuring altoist Benny Carter with the tenors of Plas Johnson and Jerome Richardson, plus a variety of top European mainstream players including altoist Arne Domnerus, clarinetist Putte Wickman, trumpeter Jan Allen, and pianist Bengt Hallberg. Some of the music is reminiscent of Carter's famous European four-saxophone session of 1937, and these renditions of "Doozy" and "Easy Money" are quite definitive and exciting. In addition to the eight original selections on the LP, eight other numbers from the 1929-1939 period have been added to the set to double its length. These include examples of Carter's work on both alto and trumpet with McKinney's Cotton Pickers, the Chocolate Dandies, and Lionel Hampton in Europe in the 1930s, and with Teddy Wilson/Billie Holiday ("Sugar"). All in all, this CD acts both as a reminder of how strong Carter's 1982 date was, when he was a mere 75, and as a retrospective of his musical legacy. ~ Scott Yanow