The Benny Carter Quartet – Swingin’ The ’20s

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Swingin’ the ’20s is an album by saxophonist Benny Carter’s Quartet with pianist Earl Hines, recorded in 1958 and released on the Contemporary label.

“Combining altoist Benny Carter with pianist Earl Hines in a quartet is an idea with plenty of potential, but the results of this 1958 session are relaxed rather than explosive. Carter and Hines explore a dozen tunes (standards as well as forgotten songs like “All Alone” and “Mary Lou”) with respect and light swing, but one wishes that there were a bit more competitiveness to replace some of the mutual respect. [Originally released in 1958, Swingin’ the Twenties was digitally remastered on CD in 1988 and includes bonus tracks.]” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Thou Swell” (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 2:50
“My Blue Heaven” (Walter Donaldson, George A. Whiting) – 3:18
“Just Imagine” (Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson) – 2:31
“If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)” (James P. Johnson, Henry Creamer) – 2:40
“Sweet Lorraine” (Cliff Burwell, Mitchell Parish) – 5:00
“Who’s Sorry Now?” (Ted Snyder, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby) – 2:23
“Laugh, Clown, Laugh” (Sam M. Lewis, Ted Fio Rito, Joe Young) – 2:24
“All Alone” (Irving Berlin) – 3:20
“Mary Lou” (J. Russel Robinson, Abe Lyman, George Waggner) – 2:50
“In a Little Spanish Town” (Mabel Wayne, Lewis, Young) – 3:12
“Someone to Watch over Me” (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:08
“A Monday Date” (Earl Hines) – 3:08

Personnel:
Benny Carter – alto saxophone, trumpet
Earl Hines – piano
Leroy Vinnegar – double bass
Shelly Manne – drums

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Released: 1959
Recorded: November 2, 1958
Studio: Contemporary Records Studio, Los Angeles, California
Label: Contemporary
Producer: Lester Koenig

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