Personnel: James Carter (soprano, tenor & baritone saxophones; bass clarinet); Cassius Richmond (alto saxophone); Dwight Adams (trumpet); Cyrus Chestnut, Henry Butler, Craig Taborn (Hammond organ); Kevin Carter (guitar); Jaribu Shahid (acoustic & electric basses); Steve Kirby (bass); Tani Tabbal, Leonard King, Alvester Garnett (drums).
Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: James Carter (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Cassius Richmond (alto saxophone); Dwight Adams (trumpet); Craig Taborn, Cyrus Chestnut, Henry Butler (organ); Alvester Garnett, Tani Tabbal (drums).
Audio Mixer: Tom Schick.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Norman Jean Roy.
Unknown Contributor Role: Aya Takemura.
While the stylings of this young virtuoso may elicit comparisons to earlier saxophone legends, James Carter has forged an aesthetic and style distinctly his own. Here, he achieves a remarkable synthesis of tune-oriented composition, swirling '60s moodiness (flavored by a Hammond organ) and a sharp-edged clarity. The album opens with "Lianmo," a piece reminiscent of 1950's MILESTONES-era compositions, with the horns following a melodic phrase at closely spaced intervals. Bluesy renditions of "Down To The River," "Trouble In The World" and Kenneth Green's "Odyssey" provide a framework from dazzling solos. Carter's own compositions also range widely in style: from the intense, jerky time-signatures of "Skull Grabbin'," to the warm, intimate feel of "Lockjaw's Lament" to the funky beats and athletic hornsmanship of "In Carterian Fashion."
Carter continually lulls and surprises the ear with his rich tone and adventurous phrasing. Whether flowing smoothly through carefully considered melodic sentences or racing through a flurry of notes, his execution is flawless. Simultaneously a throwback and a look ahead, IN CARTERIAN FASHION has something for everyone, brought together in one package of finesse and superior musicianship.
Rolling Stone (10/1/98, p.68) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...Carter pays tribute to the organ-sax combos that fueled soul-jazz in the Sixties. The music is full of dense, wailing grooves, and Carter blows with swagger and charm..."