Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
First effort a bit rough yet redeemed with energy.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Few jazz albums today can grab hold of the listener as much as this one. More remarkable than this, however, is that James Carter's first effort does have its lesser points, yet still compels and amazes the listener. Perhaps this might be the typical response from a jazz-listening public that is tired of such polished and synthetic works that saturate most of today's radio. Whatever the reason, Carter and his quartet possesses the unique ability to relentlessly please the listenter from every angle. From solo to solo one never knows what will come next, and this vitality makes the work as a whole very worthwhile. Above all else, the album reflects the dynamic talents of a brilliant reeds player who keeps the ears filled with wonderfully creative solos that can -- at times -- even slip into bars from other recognizable melodies (ie, in the first track Carter falls into "Rhapsody in Blue" then glides effortlessly back into his own creation). One also can appreciate Carter's desire to be recognized as a distinctly passionate artist, as reflected by how he tackles Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" with his well-toned and courageous baritone sax. As introductions go, this one is stunning and unforgettable."
Excellent! Post Bop Blow-out
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is modern, loud, rowdy jazz at its best. If you've developed a tatse for it, you will enjoy this record."
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"James Carter has been known as a virtuoso on almost any woodwind instrument and on this cd he plays alto through bari sax. This cd is upbeat and really never gets that boring. Some of his other cds to check out include chasing the gypsy which is a little more laid back but again never gets boring. There is a saying on the inside cover of this cd that says "hands and eyes on the prize" in which his spiritual but straightforward nature really shows through. Some would classify this style as avant garde but it is not some far out style, it really has a great flow and musical quality to it. Sophisticated Lady is the last track and he sports the bari sax and plays it the way duke ellington meant it to be played."