All Alone: Benny Carter With Strings
by Benny Carter
Released: Oct 2005
Label: Verve Records
On this lush ballad set, jazz legend Benny Carter navigates his saxophone through his own orchestral charts. Jazz purists skeptical of strings should keep in mind that this is Benny Carter we're talking about, and he improvises throughout, darting around the famous melodies and coming back in creative fashion. The only negative is that Oscar Peterson's piano gets buried under the orchestra.