Marco (Benny) Benassi is an Italian disc jockey and producer of eurodance/electronic music born in 1967. This is a collection of his best tunes up to 2007 ("Satisfaction", "Who's Your Daddy", "I Love My Sex", etc). The guy is a genius, his computer-generated vox is sick, and his beats will rock your block. Put it on in the car- you're ready to drag race in a minivan. Put it on at the gym- cardio is done before you know what's happening. Life is better with Benny. Do it now.
Benny Carter's MusicMasters catalogue turned up some fine sessions in which colleagues included Clark Terry, Hank Jones, and Doc Cheatham, among a raft of musicians - for the stellar singers, see the end of this review. The recordings, made in various locations, span the years 1990-95 and reveal the altoist seemingly unruffled by the reach of Time, still spinning some sublime and harmonically darting lines as if for the first time.
This boxed set of four CDs recorded between 1987 and 1989 illustrates Benny Carter's versatility performing with four different groups. He was already aged 80 when he recorded the first of these albums, yet there is no sign of ageing. Indeed, Benny stayed alive and active until he was 95. From the very first track, the listener is struck by Carter's pure, mellow sound, putting him in contention with Johnny Hodges and Willie Smith as one of the three altoists in jazz with the sweetest tone. This CD also exhibits Benny as a composer, since he wrote all eleven tunes. Dizzy Gillespie makes guest appearances on three tracks, playing with restraint and harmonizing well with Carter.