Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Between 1995 and 2004, Detroit saxophonist James Carter released several conceptual discs: a salute to Django Reinhardt Chasin' the Gypsy, electric-era Miles Davis Layin' in the Cut, jazz ballads Real Quiet Storm, and a lush Billie Holiday tribute Gardenias for Lady Day. With the release of each disc, the unavoidable question remained: would Carter ever put out another straight-ahead session in the vein of his early-'90s recordings JC on the Set and Jurassic Classics? Happily, Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge makes up for lost time. Carter and an amazing array of musicians took flight for three nights in June 2001 at Baker's in Detroit, featuring guest appearances by David ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Between 1995 and 2004, Detroit saxophonist James Carter released several conceptual discs: a salute to Django Reinhardt Chasin' the Gypsy, electric-era Miles Davis Layin' in the Cut, jazz ballads Real Quiet Storm, and a lush Billie Holiday tribute Gardenias for Lady Day. With the release of each disc, the unavoidable question remained: would Carter ever put out another straight-ahead session in the vein of his early-'90s recordings JC on the Set and Jurassic Classics? Happily, Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge makes up for lost time. Carter and an amazing array of musicians took flight for three nights in June 2001 at Baker's in Detroit, featuring guest appearances by David Murray and Johnny Griffin alongside fellow Motor City natives Franz Jackson, Kenny Cox, Dwight Adams, Larry Smith, and Gerard Gibbs. On this set Carter frequently switches reeds, easily juggling tenor, soprano, and baritone saxophones, while his rock-solid rhythm section of bassist Ralphe Armstrong and the split drumming duties of Leonard King and the late Funk Brother Richard "Pistol" Allen who passed away in 2002 keep the music simmering until the heat rises once again. Carter's choice of cover material is impeccable and well balanced. Instead of lazily strolling through the same old tried and true standards and songbooks, Carter and associates re-ignite tunes from the pen of Oscar Pettiford "Tricotism", Jimmy Forrest "Soul Street", Eddie Harris "Freedom Jazz Dance", and Don Byas "Free and Easy", before slowing the tempo on "I Can't Get Started," "Low Flame," and "Sack Full of Dreams," culminating with the four-tenor blowout of George Duvivier's "Foot Pattin'." The only time the train jumps the tracks is during "Soul Street." Organist Gibbs uses a synthesized, sampled vocal section that sounds like a mechanical Swingle Singers. The technology itself may be intriguing, but the results are completely out of place in this context. Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge finds Carter cutting loose like a musician who's been conceptually sidetracked long enough. This is a back to basics blowing session and concepts be damned!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624844921
  • Catalog Number: 48449
  • Sales rank: 108,737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tricotism (9:23)
  2. 2 Soul Street (8:16)
  3. 3 Freedom Jazz Dance (9:26)
  4. 4 I Can't Get Started (7:09)
  5. 5 Free and Easy (10:39)
  6. 6 Low Flame (10:21)
  7. 7 Sack Full of Dreams (11:59)
  8. 8 Foot Pattin' (11:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Carter Primary Artist, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Johnny Griffin Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Franz Jackson Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Soloist
Kenn Cox Piano, Soloist
David Murray Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Dwight Adams Trumpet, Soloist
Richard "Pistol" Allen Drums
Ralph Armstrong Bass
Larry Smith Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Gerard Gibbs Organ, Soloist
Leonard King Drums
Technical Credits
Leonard Feather Composer
Jimmy Forrest Composer
Eddie Harris Composer
Oscar Pettiford Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
George Duvivier Composer
Don Byas Composer
James Carter Producer, Liner Notes
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Gary McFarland Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Kooster McAllister Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Michael McCoy Stage Crew
Chris Murphy Stage Manager
Louis Savary Composer
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