- The Audience with Betty Carter
Infobox Album | Name = The Audience with Betty Carter
Type = Live
| Released = 1979
Recorded = December 6 - 8, 1979
Length = 91:20
AllmusicRating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:w9k9ke9tjq7x link] | Last album = "I Didn't Know What Time It Was"
This album = " The Audience with Betty Carter "
Next album = "
Whatever Happened to Love?"
"The Audience with Betty Carter" is a 1979 (see
1979 in music) live double albumby the American jazzsinger Betty Carter. It is considered by some critics to be the finest jazz vocal performance ever recorded.Fact|date=October 2008
The album's first track, "Sounds (Movin' On)", is 25 minutes in length and features an epic scat solo. "The Trolley Song" is a nod to the city of
San Francisco, where the album was recorded. The second half of the album features several songs written by Carter. The penultimate track is a fresh take on Rodgers and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things from " The Sound of Music", echoing the revolutionary rendition by John Coltraneon his 1960 album of the same name. The set ends with the plaintive "Open the Door," Carter's signature tune.
"The Audience With Betty Carter" was first released on Carter's own
Bet-Car Recordsand later reissued on Verve.
#"Sounds" (Movin' On) (
Betty Carter) – 25:20
#"I Think I Got It Now" (Carter) – 3:33
#"Caribbean Sun" (
Carlos Garnett) – 4:17
The Trolley Song" ( Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 3:37
#"Everything I Have Is Yours" (
Harold Adamson, Burton Lane) – 6:16
#"I'll Buy You a Star" (
Dorothy Fields, Arthur Schwartz) – 2:12Disc Two
I Could Write a Book" ( Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 3:41
#"Can't We Talk It Over"/"Either It's Love or It Isn't" (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts,
Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 7:26
#"Deep Night" (Charles Henderson,
Rudy Vallée) – 2:45
Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most" ( Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf) – 7:22
#"Tight" (Carter) – 3:44
#"Fake" (Carter) – 4:16
#"So..." (Carter) – 7:03
#"My Favorite Things" (
Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers) – 4:39
#"Open the Door" (Carter) – 5:09
Recorded December 6 - 8, 1979,
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco:
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