Jurassic Classicsby James Carter
There are those who consider James Carter a human exclamation point, and why not? Almost all of the saxophonist's solos contain shouts, cries, blurts, and cackles, creating a music of undeniable flamboyance. The roar that kicks off JURASSIC CLASSIC's "Take the 'A' Train" is typical Carter -- rocking at a Kentucky Derby tempo, he sets a daunting pace for his band while urging them on with bottom-scraping bellows and unholy shrieks. Bursting onto the New York scene from Detroit in the early '90s, the saxophonist immediately turned heads by combining avant-garde motifs and mainstream arrangements; finding their nexus, he created a frantic sound that seemed both venerable and progressive. His work on the KANSAS CITY soundtrack stressed swing. The comparatively demure but no less earthy REAL QUIET STORM proved he had a mellow side. But it's on tunes such as JURASSIC's "Epistrophy" and "Oleo" that he makes his truest mark. Creating a brawny music of relentless climaxes is his stock in trade.
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