Layin' in the Cutby James Carter
On the electrified LAYIN' IN THE CUT, James Carter plays the blues, framing his ultra-expressionist sound with a blanket of amplified strings. The 30-something sax virtuoso leads guitarists Jef Lee Johnson and Marc Ribot, electric bassman extraordinaire Jamaladeen Tacuma, and powerhouse beatmaster Calvin Weston through a set of seven oringals with strong melodies that grant each all-star protagonist sufficient room for stretching-out. Deploying the soprano, tenor and bass saxophones, Carter accesses references that span the urbanized Delta blues ("Requiem For Hartford Avenue") to Maceonian funk ("Motown Mash") to Ornetteish harmolodic high-stepping ("Terminal B") to Aylerian freakout ("There's A Paddle"), playing with uncaged freedom in a spirit where technique unfailingly suits the moment's function. While on some previous sessions Carter seemed to be playing in a vacuum, here his spectacular declamations spur ensemble flow; that he's fully his own man was never more evident than on the quietstorm urgent "Drafadelic In D-Flat," on which he takes his place among the exclusive lineage of tenor saxophone masters who've conjured a voice unmistakably theirs through mastery of blues expression.
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- Atlantic Mod Afw
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