“Think of James Carter as the Lon Chaney of jazz, able to slip in and out of diverse musical disguises at a moment’s notice. Or maybe as the Jimi Hendrix of the saxophone, scouring the instrument’s innards to extract every imaginable kind of sound. And don’t forget the fact that, like Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Carter moves with ease and imagination from one saxophone to another, constantly in search of each of their secrets.”—Los Angeles Times James Carter burst onto the scene in the mid-‘90s with several sensational recordings for labels DIW and Atlantic.
He has the ability to play in any jazz style. Whether it be slap-tongue staccato of early ‘20s tenors, Dixieland, swing, bop, 1950s R&B, free form or funk, Carter maintains his own identity. His musical prowess and versatility have landed him gigs with Wynton Marsalis, Lester Bowie, Charles Mingus Big Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Carter currently leads several of his own bands and has recently released two Atlantic CDs, Chasin’ the Gypsy inspired by a love of Europe’s legendary Romany jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt; and the deeply funky Layin’ The Cut, his first-ever all-electric outing. A new CD Live at Baker’s, featuring Aretha Franklin on four tracks, is due out this fall. This groove-laden power unit highlights Carter on various saxophones and fellow Detroit natives Gerard Gibbs on Hammond B3 Organ and Leonard King drums. Are YOU James Carter experienced? [dal sito web del Vancouver International Jazz Festival]
James Carter (saxes) - Gerard Gibbs (Hammond B3) - Leonard King (drums)
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