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Benny Carter - Symphony In Riffs


58 Mins.

Burt Lancaster narrates this dynamic portrait of one of the all time giants of American music. In a remarkable career spanning eight decades, Benny Carter's contributions as alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, band leader and film score composer are legendary in the music world. Among many accomplishments are appearances in such Hollywood classics as The Snows of Kilimanjaro and An American in Paris and hundreds of recordings with stars such as Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday. One of the principal architects of the Big Band sound, Carter has won countless awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a 1995 Grammy for Best Solo Jazz Performance. Award-winning director Harrison Engle gives us the chance to appreciate the full scale of Benny's achievement and to share the wide range of his travels and performances from the Savoy Ballroom and Apollo Theater in Harlem in the 1920s to Paris, London, Tokyo, Hollywood and the Caribbean today. Honored worldwide for his musical genius, and still vibrant and creative at 88 years of age, this exciting portrait of Benny Carter gives full celebration to a life of timeless wonder and accomplishment.

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