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Betty Carter: Social Call

Track List

>Moonlight in Vermont
>Thou Swell
>I Could Write a Book
>Gone With the Wind
>Way You Look Tonight, The
>Can't We Be Friends?
>Tell Him I Said Hello
>Social Call
>Run Away
>Frenesi
>Let's Fall in Love

Album Notes

This LP contains singer Betty Carter's earliest recordings. On one date she is heard performing six standards with a quartet also featuring pianist Ray Bryant ("I Could Write a Book" and "The Way You Look Tonight" are highpoints). The other session, which was only released for the first time in 1980, has five songs on which Carter is joined by a 14-piece band arranged by Gigi Gryce; this version of "Social Call" is a classic. Naturally Carter sounds much more conventional on these performances than she would 30 to 40 years later, but already her voice was immediately recognizable. ~ Scott Yanow



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