Down Beat (12/94, p.51) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...COSMOPOLITE offers four definitive Carter sessions....The ballads are warm, lyrical, and alternately lush and intense, as Carter punctuates his readings with clusters of rapid triple-time bursts..."
Personnel: Benny Carter (alto saxophone); Bill Harris (trombone); Oscar Peterson (piano); Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); J.C. Heard, Buddy Rich, Bobby White (drums).
Producer: Norman Granz.
Compilation producer: Phil Schaap.
Engineers include: C. Robert Fine, Ralph Thorne, Val Valentin.
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California and Reeves Sound Studios & Fine Sound Studios, New York, New York between 1952 & 1954. Includes liner notes by Edward Berger.
Digitally remastered by Phil Schaap.
These timeless Benny Carter performances match the great altoist with pianist Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown, either Barney Kessel or Herb Ellis on guitar, Buddy Rich, J.C. Heard or Bobby White on drums, and, on four numbers, trombonist Bill Harris. The 17 standards (four of which are also heard in alternate versions) are treated with respect, taste, and swing. Carter always sounds flawless and is in excellent form throughout this enjoyable set. ~ Scott Yanow