BETTY CARTER / “Body and Soul / Heart and Soul”

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5 Responses to “BETTY CARTER / “Body and Soul / Heart and Soul””

sue ross Says:
February 18th, 2007 at 10:07 am

This is some of the greatest music of our time; thank you for sharing.

I look forward every week to being introduced to new artists and to re-connecting with old favorites. I especially love the Cover section, bringing together diverse interpretations of songs by the masters of our music.

Kalamu, you and Mtume should do a book, accompanied by a boxed CD or DVD set.

Rudolph Lewis Says:
February 18th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Yeah, these renditions of "Body and Soul" are a wonderful expose. And Kalamu is quite wonderful in his exposition of the more technical aspects of the differences. . . . I would like to have had however the names of the albums from which all of the different renditions were taken, but especially the Mingus album.

      album names            

album links have been added to the end of kalamu’s write-up. glad you enjoy the jazz.


Koranteng Says:
February 19th, 2007 at 5:34 pm

I would add another rendition to the list, one that is interesting because it combines the vocal and instrumental turns. I’m writing of the version sang by Billie Holiday on Songs for Distingue Lovers, notable not just because it was Lady Day but also because Ben Webster gives a warm and delicate saxophone turn in response. This is a latter day Billie rendering hence it leans more towards the emotional than say Sassy’s virtuosity. The same goes when you contrast Ben Webster’s take on his great rival’s tune, it is slightly slower and again the feeling is heightened. Betty Carter’s take is the truth, stunning even among this company.


          a judgment call        

i agree with you the billie & ben is a great version.

we have two small problems, the first of which may not be obvious.

1. we try hard not to repeat ourselves on bol. although we repeat artists (nina simone the obvious example of that but also marvin gaye), we try not to repeat selections. a while back we featured covers of "do nothin’ til you hear from me." billie & ben were among that number. you can read what we wrote here. the billie & ben cover of "body & soul" is from the same series of recordings.

2. our goal was to use one song to cover the history of modern jazz. as good as billie & ben are, they did not advance the stylistic timeline of jazz significantly in terms of this song. would we drop either sassy or betty carter to include billie & ben. i did not overlook billie & ben, it really came down to a judgment call. 


Marian Says:
February 23rd, 2007 at 12:50 pm

I’m listening as I work (at home). Such a oral “shock” going from the contemporary pieces to the cover pieces. It’s a different world and mind set altogether.

Buzz Says:
March 2nd, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Speaking of Billie Holiday, There is a great group on Yahoo called Billie Holiday And The Disciples Of Swing that salutes the art of vocal jazz. During February they were celebrating Girl Singers Month and this weeks playlist includes several tracks by Billie that were recorded in 1957 at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival. You should check them out. Here is the link to the group and the current playlist:

01 And This Is My Beloved.mp3 Gloria Lynne at Basin Street 912 K

01 As Long As I Live.mp3 Peggy Lee (rehearsal, 1962)

01 Darktown Strutters Ball.mp3 Alberta Hunter, 1978

01 I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.mp3 Sarah Vaughan, 198X

01 Manhattan.mp3 Lee Wiley

01 S’Wonderful.mp3 Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis Jr.

01 They Raided The Joint.mp3 Helen Humes at the Pasadena Auditorium, 1952

02 Loud Talkin’ Woman.mp3 Helen Humes at the Pasadena Auditorium, 1952

02 The More I See You.mp3 Keely Smith, studio session, 6/20/1985

02 Willow Weep For Me.mp3 Billie Holiday, Toronto, 8/57

03 Flying Home.mp3 Ella Fitzgerald, Carnegie Hall, 9/18/1949

03 I Only Have Eyes For You.mp3 Billie Holiday, Toronto, 8/57

03 I’ll Get Along Somehow.mp3 Nancy Wilson

03 Mood Indigo.mp3 Lena Horne and Tony Bennett

04 Billie’s Blues.mp3 Billie Holiday, Toronto, 8/57

04 Lucky Day.mp3 Annie Ross,1959

04 One Night Stand.mp3 Janis Joplin, 1970

04 Why Don’t You Do Right.mp3 Linda Hopkins, 6/18/82

05 After You’ve Gone.mp3 Kay Starr, 1975

05 Azure-te.mp3 Ernestine Anderson, studio session, 1958

05 Lover Come Back To Me.mp3 Billie Holiday, Toronto, 8/57

05 Miss Brown to You.mp3 Carmen McRae, studio session, 6/29/1961

06 Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby.mp3 Ann Richards, studio session, 1960

07 I’d Rather Go Blind.mp3 Etta James live at Memory Lane, 1986

07 Influences.mp3 Billie Holiday

07 The Way We Were.mp3 Peggy Lee (1974 Academy Awards)

08 My Funny Valentine.mp3 Anita O’Day at Carnegie Hall, 1986

08 No Ways Tired.mp3 The Barret Sisters, 1983

08 You’ve Changed.mp3 Shelby Lynne, studio session,

09 But Not For Me.mp3 Gladys Knight

09 Influences part 2.mp3 Billie Holiday, Toronto, 8/57

09 Porgy.mp3 Nina Simone at Westbury Music Fair, 1968

09 Skylark.mp3 Aretha Franklin, Detroit Music Hall 1986

10 Mean Way Of Loving.mp3 Helen Humes at the Pasadena Auditorium, 1952

13 He Brought Us.mp3 The Barret Sisters, 1983

13 My Funny Valentine_The Gentleman is a Dope.mp3 Peggy Lee and Lena Horne, 1978

15 I Wish You Love 1.mp3 Barbra Streisand, JFK Stadium 1966

15 More.mp3 Baby Jane Dexter

15 Only The Lonely.mp3 Aretha Franklin, studio session, 7/16/64

17 I Cried For You.mp3 Helen Humes at the Pasadena Auditorium, 1952

17 You Turned The Tables On Me.mp3 Anita O’Day on the BBC, 1964

18 Medley.mp3 Anita O’Day and Chris Connor at Michaels Pub, 1989

19 If I Were A Bell.mp3 June Christy Live At The Dunes

20 It Don’t Mean A Thing.mp3 June Christy Live At The Dunes

21 Jeepers Creepers.mp3 june Christy Live At The Dunes

22 Too Marvelous.mp3 June Christy Live At The Dunes

25 Mixed Emotions.mp3 Dinah Washington Live At Basin Street, 7/10/55

26 Come Rain Or Shine.mp3 Dinah Washington Live At Basin Street, 7/10/55

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