hit; the famous recording by Ella Mae Morse helped establish
Carter's lovely bossa nova, "Only Trust Your Heart," was
immortalized by Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto. The sheer melodic
appeal of his writing has attracted an astonishingly diverse
array of singers and instrumentalists: from Eubie Blake to
Kenny Barron, Guy Lombardo to Eric Dolphy, Sarah Vaughan and
Ella Fitzgerald to the Judds.
After collaborating with such noted lyricists as Spencer
Williams, Johnny Mercer and Sammy Cahn, Carter has increasingly
served as his own lyricist in as meticulous a fashion as he
is in his placement of notes.
In 1995, MusicMasters Records embarked on a project to bring
Carter's song-writing gifts to the fore, resulting in the
two-volume "Benny Carter Songbook," which includes some thirty
Carter songs--old and new--with Carter as featured soloist
behind sixteen of some of jazz's more illustrious singers.
Musical Selection: "Fresh Out of Love,"
Diana Krall vocal, from The Benny Carter Songbook, Volume
1, MusciMasters 0612-65134-2 (1996).