In 1987, jazz fans and the media worldwide acknowledged Benny Carter's 80th birthday. With less fanfare, but far more significance, Carter also entered perhaps his most prolific period as a composer since his heyday in the Hollywood studios in the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike that era, when countless Carter melodies contributed subliminally to our enjoyment of a film or television show, his current writing is where it belongs: in the spotlight. And best of all, it is interpreted by the composer himself.
Central City Sketches, Carter's (released on NI-2716) was a momentous collaboration with the superb American Jazz Orchestra, and a long overdue showcase for Carter's big band writing style. This latest project presents 11 Carter compositions in more informal settings, and affords us the opportunity to hear at greater length the composer's undiminished inventiveness as a soloist.
錄音時間：1987 （CD1），1988 （CD2 & CD-3），1989 （CD4）