Betty Carter Essentials

Betty Carter Essentials

One of the most gifted scat singers of all time, Betty Carter also had a way with words, swinging the phrases on “Jazz (Ain't Nothin' but Soul)” and showing off her bluesy feel on “There Is No Greater Love.” In addition to twisting a few standards into original shapes, she also wrote original material (which helped keep her repertoire fresh, all the way into the '90s). This playlist is your gateway to one of the 20th century's most recognisable vocal talents, including cuts from her '50s albums—recorded with talents like drummer Max Roach—and her latter-day sets for the Verve label.

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