Betty Carter – Her Highness

betcar8  Her voice, its pace and tone and heart takes me wherever it is she’s going and will not let go. It is such a unique sound and style. Excited and exuberant, but also throaty and smooth like a dark drink of the Gods, like dancing with the lights dimmed, holding someone you’ve just met.

 betcar1  You’re Driving Me Crazy

This sound has a sense of independence and unpredictability, an individualism and strength that seems to make all of us equals, although she’s the only one who can sing like that. She’s a woman, a musician, songwriter, artist, and businesswoman driving a really shiny red car. She’ll roll on by, letting you see the whole thing, or speed off communicating something else entirely.

 betcar4  Music Maestro Please/Swing Brother Swing

If you don’t go away from that sound every now and then, you accept it as possible and natural and it can be taken for granted. But each time I hear it anew, I’m amazed that anyone can create something so rich and strong and beautiful.

betcar9  I Was Telling Him About You

Her choice of accompanying musicians was a standard in the business, letting people know that this cat could play. He had made the cut. The results are there to hear. He lifting her, and she taking him with her.

 betcar2  Making Dreams Come True

Betty Carter was and is beyond imitation. She had no secrets. In person, on record, her voice said everything necessary.

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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2 Responses to Betty Carter – Her Highness

  1. jazztraveler says:

    Unfortunately, I seem not to be able to play the files on my iPad. But I will check her out spotify and am sure you just have given me a great advice, which will extend my Jazz collection nicely. Thanks for sharing!

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