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Jurassic Classics
     

Jurassic Classics

by 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

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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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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The young but already great saxophonist James Carter explores seven jazz standards with pianist Craig Taborn (himself a young master capable of playing in several styles), bassist Jaribu Shahid, and drummer Tani Tabbal. Among the most versatile and knowledgeable of today's saxophonists, Carter draws on many top stylists during these lengthy solos, yet always sounds quite individual. His violent depiction of a train whistle on "Take the 'A' Train" perfectly launches that romp, and he also really stretches out on "Epistrophy," plays the blues on John Coltrane's "Equinox," and shows quite a bit of fire on "Oleo." A very stimulating session.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/1995
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646705827
catalogNumber:
67058

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