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October 27, 2010 The popular video of Beethoven's 5th dressed in a mambo beat is a reminder of many other classical transformations, from jazz great Betty Carter to the Japanese electronics wiz Tomita.
November 10, 2008 Even though there's a stunning array of color in autumn, there's something inherently melancholy about watching the leaves drop. Let these five confessionals prepare you for a season of the high lonesome — a time before a chilly mood meets the rake's progress.
In the late '80s, Betty Carter achieved sustained recognition upon signing to a major label, which also reissued much of her back catalog.
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August 14, 2008 An electric performer, Carter was an irrepressible and incomparable practitioner of the jazz vocal tradition. For nearly 50 years, the intense vocalist blazed her own trail in jazz, powered by her passionate, intense singing.
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