By Morroe Berger
This outstanding two-volume paintings was once hailed as a milestone of jazz literature while it was once initially released in 1982. interpreting either his musical and cultural importance, the authors current the lifestyles and occupation of Benny Carter, probably the most very important and flexible figures in jazz. in past times 20 years, Carter, in his eighties and nineties, endured to extend his musical realm. during this new version, Edward Berger has introduced the exceptional Carter saga into the hot millennium, including insider bills of excursions, significant concert events, recordings, and different specified occasions. furthermore, the recent paintings unearths extra of the reticent Carter's complicated personality and perspectives, gleaned from countless numbers of hours of interviews and conversations. The accompanying annotated discography, some of the most entire ever dedicated to the paintings of a unmarried musician, has been completely revised and up-to-date. Dozens of recent and formerly unpublished pictures were additional.
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Though she encouraged her son's musical interest, Mrs. Carter was apprehensive about it. She did not want him to become a professional musician, fearing he might fall into jazz. "After all," Carter recalls, "jazz was a dirty word to many black people, who saw it played in an unwholesome atmosphere. Yet she wanted me to learn music as well as I could since that's what I wanted. " Growing up in San Juan Hill presented extraordinary temptations to young people which their busy parents could not always help them to resist.
When I was nineteen or twenty and playing professionally, very few of us were stereotypical jazzmen. Most of the musicians I knew were not rough characters. I think of Elmer Williams, who played saxophone with Chick Webba fine gentleman. Or Edgar Sampsonhe was so gentle his nick-name was Lamb. " The aspiring young musicians in San Juan Hill came up in a jazz world in which their pleasures and ambitions centered around the music more than around the excesses usually associated with conduct in the bars, clubs, and ballrooms where they played.
Benny returned to the pawnshop but the owner was reluctant to make a refund or exchange until Mrs. Carter had obtained the help of a legal aid society. Realizing the boy's seriousness, she helped him to buy a C melody saxophone, on which Proctor gave him a few elementary lessons. Impatient to learn, he went to another teacher who, Edna recalls, gave him some instruction books. " This method has been a favorite one for him since then. Though she encouraged her son's musical interest, Mrs. Carter was apprehensive about it.
Benny Carter, a life in American music, Volume 2 by Morroe Berger