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'Round Midnight

Betty Carter

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Customer Reviews

Some All-Time Greats

Not every track on this record is great but Betty's versions of Round Midnight, Heart and Soul, Everybody's Somebody's Fool, The Good Life and I Wonder are absolutely hauntingly beautiful. She uses her unique voice to great effect. Pure gold -- you'll never tire of listening to these songs.

Biography

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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