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Betty has

By Jerry Brabenec
THERE'S NOBODY in the world of
jazz quite like Betty Carter, and
her performance Thursday night at
the Union Ballroom demonstrated
that, although she has never achieved
the popularity and fame accorded to
other figures in jazz, she is one of the
true giants of the music. With the sup-
port of an excellent trio, Carter showed
a combination of freedom, discipline,
innovation, and tradition that was ad-
verturour but not self indulgent, and
faithful to the past but not derivative.
Raised in Detroit, Carter sang with
such innovators as Dizzy Gillespie,
Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker in the
late 1940s. She was hired to sing with the
big band of jazz perennial Lionel Ham-
pton, and spent three years touring. But
her real love was always the bebop in-
novations of Parker and Gillespie,
rather than the more restrictive, con-
ventional arrangements favored by
Hampton's big band.
This influence has shaped her style;
she avoids the sentimentality and
prima-donna-like presence of other
great jazz singers, singing instead in
the gritty, aggressive style of a bebop
instrumentalist. A spirit of independen-
ce and self-reliance that has charac-
terized her entire career soon led her to
New York, the jazz center of the world.
There she scuffled in relative obscurity
for more than two decades, playing
local gigs and working hard to raise her
two sons.
Respected by musicians and the jazz
cognescenti, she remained a sort of cult
figure all through this period, until, in
1975, a feature article in the Village
Voice led to more widespread ex-
posure and opportunities. Carter set up
her own recording company (much like
another jazz maverick, Carla Bley).
Although the adulation given singers
like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald
will probably never belong to Carter,
she has assured herself a place in the
history of jazz, and is now at the peak of
her capabilities as one of the greatest
jazz singers alive.
Perhaps the most striking quality of
Carter's stage manner is her
animation-her hands wave about, pan-
tomiming her vocal lines, and she
sweeps about the stage, physically
projecting her music to the audience. A
fairly short, wiry woman; Carter is
very lithe and graceful. Her free,
playful manner makes it plain that she
has one great time performing. She
gestures to the drummer, summoning
the accents she needs to complement
her vocal lines, lounges over the piano,

turns her back
denly spin and
and chats ant
tunes.
Carter's voic
of tone. In part
resonant low
breathy sound
dexterous, y
reminiscent of1
Though she pus
conventional ja
harmonies, she
tradition of be
makes no secr
so-called "free
the 60s and 70s.
After the tri
drummer Lewi
tis Lundy) disc
couple of war
opened with at
sion of Theloni
night, with lyri
singer and jaz
zales. The ni
groover, with
paying a "soci
slow ballad. T
with Carter, un
low, low note a
audability..
.A brief upti
sone blisterin
ballad follow
honored a reqit

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, November 7, 1981-Page')
got class
to the audience to sud- known compositions, "Hold Oo$
deliver another phrase Him-TIGHT!" a humorous number
d wisecracks between punctuated by sudden rests and acc -
ts. The next tune had no lyrics-a'
floating, rising melody line gave wayo
:e has a great flexibility an exercise in unmetered, free rhyth&,
icular, she excels in her achieving an almost pastoral feelig
register and warm, before returning to the openitdg
, and scatsings with a material. Next came one of the m t
owling sort of tone venerable of ballads, "Body and Soul"
the late Eddie Jefferson. then another brief untempo number;a
shes at the boundaries of Latin tune, and a monologue. -
azz in her phrasing and
e remains rooted in the In the monologue, Carter cautioned
bop. In interviews, she the audience never to "get caught
et of her disdain for the messing around where ypu
and "fusion" styles of shouldn't-but if you do get caught, be
prepared, with this alibi"-a ballad
about succumbing to temptation en-
o (pianist Khalid Moss, titled "I Was Telling Him About Youi"
s nash, and bassist Cur- The performance closed with an extn-
played their chops on a ded vamp over an oddly asymmetrical
im-up numbers, Carter rhythm build on units of five, and Car-
unique, waltz-timed ver- ter apologetically left the stage, ex-
ous Monk's Round Mid- plaining that it was nice playing
ics by the. famous scat- here-"It's almost ry
zz humorist Babs Gon- hometown"-but the band had to head
ext tune was a slow for Cleveland. The folks in Cleveland
flirtatious lyrics about have a real treat in store for them, and
al call," sequeing into a Carter is sure to meet a warm welcome
his ended dramatically on her next visit to Ann Arbor.
taccompanied, holding a
at the very threshold of Thanks again to Eclipse Jazz, whose
devious strategy of booking watered-
empo number featured down crowd pleasers like Bob James
g scatsinging, another and Chuck Mangione makes intimate
ed, and then Carter evenings of truly great jazz possible.
uest for one of her best

London distorted AP Photo
Fireworks spray a cartoon-like version of England's Houses of Parliament, complete with a'60-foot Big Ben tower. Part
of a Guy Fawkes Night pageant in South London, the show was staged by Welfare State International, a touring theater
company specializing in outdoor spectacles.
Swedes condev

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precipice, how great the risk is for a-
nuclear war."
The sub was refloated Monday, and.
on Thursday Swedish authorities said
Uranium 238 had been detected, in-
dicating the ship carried nuclear arms.
Sweden lodged a strong protest and the
ship was escorted yesterday to a
waiting Soviet flotilla just outside
Sweden's territorial waters in the
Baltic.,
Palme demanded that the Soviet
Union withdraw all its nuclear-armed
warships from the Baltic, or the "Sea of
Peace" as the Soviets call it. "If the
Soviet Union wants to strengthen its
credibility there is hardly any other
way," Palme declared.
HUNDREDS OF demonstrators con-
,verged on, the -Soviet Embasay i.r
Stockholm, and hundreds 'rnore,-;
' carrying banners reading, "No to
Nuclear Weapons," gathered outside
* the Soviet 'Embassy in Copenhagen,
Denmark.
United Wa
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United
Way was ati'acked yesterday as a
monopolistic "charity OPEC" which
denies minority-run, public interest and
advocacy non-profit organizations a
fair share of the $1 billion American
workers contribute through payroll
deductions.
"The idea that one organization
should be able to decide which charities.
dare worthy of our support is contrary to
'6uch of what this country stands for,"
"Robert Bothwell told a conference for-
leaders of 150 charities, most of which
,,re excluded ffrom the United Way
.,-campaigns.
:A BOTHWELL IS executive director of
=the National Committee for Responsive
x4hilanthropy, a coalition of 125
*eharities, chiefly minority-run and
*feminist, social action or public interest
': But Rosendo Gutierrez, a civil
engineer from Phoenix, Ariz. and a
*member of the board of governors of
United Ways of America, said the
. " decision on which charities to include is
-Vade democratically, at the local level,
by community representatives.
Gutierrez acknowledged that many
*W:orporations are reluctant to permit
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Danish Prime Minister Anker
Joergensen said in a written statement
that if the sub in fact was cruising the
Baltic with atomic w torpedos, "It
weakens the Soviet Union's credibility
in the European debate on the limiting
of nuclear arms.
"It also questions all that (Soviet)
talk about the Baltic as the 'Sea of
Peace," he said. The Kremlin has
been pushing a plan to have the Nordic
area declared a nuclear-free zone, and
Denmark and the' other Nordic coun-
tries pledged to explore the possibilities
during the summer.
DANISH FOREIGN Minister Kjeld
Olesen said, "It will take some time
before our confidence in the Soviet
Union can be restored."
The, leader of Denmark's opposition
Liberal Party,.'Henning Christopher-
sen, said Moscow's intrusion "says so
much about the Soviet Union's attitude
about the Nordic countries that the so-
called peace movement's campaign"
against NATO has suffered a sudden

death."
In Madrid, Max Kampelman, the
chief U.S. delegate to the European
security conference, said, "the Soviets'
most recent blatant disregard for the
territorial integrity of a friendly neigh-
boring territory was. by a dangerous,
probably nuclear armed submarine,
engaged in hostile espionage.
"THIS WAS A reminder that the
Soviet navy is a global one far larger
than one simply devoted to defense," he
told the 35-nation conference, now in its
13th month.
The head of the Dutch delegation in
Madrid, Franz van Dongen, termed the
submarine incident a blow to proposals
for the conference to agree on "con-
fidence-building measures" that could
lead to a European conference on
military security.
Scandinavia's largest newspaper,
Stockholm's liberal Expressen, devoted
20 pages to the Soviet Sub incident,

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y called 'charity OPEC'

solicitations on behalf of "controver-
sial" groups.
BUT HE ADDED, if women's rights,
minority rights and advocacy
organizations seek the right to solicit
through payroll deductions, "We in the
United Way are not trying to stop it. We
are niot mounting any campaign to
keep anyone from approaching any'
corporation."
Payroll deduction is what the fight is
mostly about because the average gift
made that wasy is three-times larger
than a cash gift made at the workplace,
Bothwell said.
Members of Bothwell's committee
include the Gray Panthers, Puerto
Rican Legal and Educational Defense
Fund, Sierra Club, American Friends
Service Committee, Native American
Rights Fund, Legal Defense and
Education Fund of the National
Organization for Women and Zero
Population Growth.
The compapison between United Way
and the Organization of Petroleum Ex-
porting Countries was made by Jerry
Wurf, president of the million-member
American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees.
Wurf said the United Way was

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competing with one another. "In ef-
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OPEC, one that we now call the United
Way of America," he said.

MARATHON 1981

The Coach:
The Tenatious Tom Burelli
Notorious for his questionable
recruting tactics.

The fat and fool-hearty first man
of pizza.
Rock'n Roll'n Raymond Rulinsky
Rolling pizzas to you'in the first leg
of the Count's new delivery and
take out relay.

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the Texas Chainsaw Gang and the
Hell's Angelsis one of the last and
great surviving Peckerwoods
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