Caribbean Rhapsody

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Somewhat of a departure from the post-bop jazz he is known for, saxophonist James Carter's 2011 release Caribbean Rhapsody features several orchestral collaborations with classical composer Roberto Sierra. Featuring the newly minted title piece, the album also includes the composition "Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra," which originally premiered in Detroit in 2002. Produced by Michael Cuscuna, the album also includes a guest appearance by Carter's cousin Regina Carter on violin as well as cellist Akua Davis, whose string quintet is featured on "Caribbean Rhapsody." As the centerpiece of the album, "Caribbean Rhapsody" is conceptualized around Sierra's life growing up ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Somewhat of a departure from the post-bop jazz he is known for, saxophonist James Carter's 2011 release Caribbean Rhapsody features several orchestral collaborations with classical composer Roberto Sierra. Featuring the newly minted title piece, the album also includes the composition "Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra," which originally premiered in Detroit in 2002. Produced by Michael Cuscuna, the album also includes a guest appearance by Carter's cousin Regina Carter on violin as well as cellist Akua Davis, whose string quintet is featured on "Caribbean Rhapsody." As the centerpiece of the album, "Caribbean Rhapsody" is conceptualized around Sierra's life growing up in Puerto Rico and the various styles of music he encountered, from bolero to Latin jazz and salsa. Elsewhere, Carter leads the ensemble through the frenetic, angular, and somewhat noir-ish leadoff track, "Ritmico"; gets several ruminative and lyrical saxophone interludes; and then dives headlong through the cinematic boogie-woogie-inflected piece "Playful -- Fast (With Swing)." A bold, adventurous performer with a titanic facility on the saxophone, Carter is perfectly suited for performing with large ensembles, and the orchestrations here are gorgeously rendered landscapes for Carter to play against. In fact, composer Sierra purposely left certain cadenzas and other areas of the scores on Caribbean Rhapsody open for Carter to improvise, and the results are nothing short of thrilling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • Label: Emarcy
  • UPC: 602527635347
  • Catalog Number: 001547202
  • Sales rank: 95,791

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ritmico (4:52)
  2. 2 Tender (7:04)
  3. 3 Playful -- Fast (With Swing) (7:39)
  4. 4 Tenor Interlude (5:34)
  5. 5 Caribbean Rhapsody (13:37)
  6. 6 Soprano Interlude (6:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Carter Primary Artist, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Regina Carter Violin
Sinfonia Varsovia Performing Ensemble
Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor
Akua Dixon String Quintet Ensemble
Technical Credits
Jim Anderson Engineer
James Carter Composer, Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna Producer
Roberto Sierra Composer, Liner Notes
Cynthia B. Herbst Executive Producer
Wulf Müller Executive Producer
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