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Album Review

GRP's Priceless Jazz is a mid-line collection that concentrates on Betty Carter's fine recordings for Peacock and ABC-Paramount during the late '60s. Although this disc could hardly be called definitive, it nevertheless offers many of her best cuts for the label, making this disc an excellent choice for neophytes and curious listeners — it is both affordable and entertaining.


Born: May 16, 1930 in Flint, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Arguably the most adventurous female jazz singer of all time, Betty Carter was an idiosyncratic stylist and a restless improviser who pushed the limits of melody and harmony as much as any bebop horn player. The husky-voiced Carter was capable of radical, off-the-cuff reworkings of whatever she sang, abruptly changing tempos and dynamics, or rearranging the lyrics into distinctive, off-the-beat rhythmic patterns. She could solo for 20 minutes, scat at lightning speed, or drive home an emotion with...
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