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In Carterian Fashion


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  • 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.
Professional Reviews
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..."
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