This well-rounded set gives listeners a good look at the adventurous music of Betty Carter
. For this CD, she is joined by one of two rhythm sections (with either Benny Green
or Stephen Scott
on piano) and, on four of the nine songs, tenor saxophonist Don Braden
twists and turns some familiar songs (such as "The Man I Love," "Imagination" and "The Good Life") along with a variety of lesser-known material including two songs of her own. Consistently unpredictable (whether scatting or stretching out ballads) Betty Carter
's recordings are always quite stimulating.