Soul Jazz Giant
James Carter – saxophones, Gerard Gibbs – B3 Organ, Leonard King – drums
James Carter is back in town. One of the most admired saxophonists of his generation and a powerful force in today’s jazz scene, James Carter’s playing is firmly rooted in 20th-century African American culture.
The sweep of his imagination and the power of his technique embraces the whole saxophone tradition in jazz which he has extended into the 21st century through his resolutely contemporary outlook, prompting Hi-Fi UK magazine to dub him a “Modern sax God.”
“Tribute albums and tribute bands are often content with summoning up old ghosts. Saxophonist, James Carter, took a more rewarding approach on his excellent CD, CHASIN’ THE GYPSY and he continues that approach with his Organ Trio’s Tribute performances to the music of Django Reinhardt by offering up fresh takes on the music of the French Gypsy guitarist. He does so by substituting his own instrument in the lead role. Carter, whether he’s playing tenor or soprano sax, shows off a sweet, sinuous tone; when he reinterprets Reinhardt’s classic Nuages with a bass sax, the muscular sound is distancing at first, but then it wraps itself around the listener like an anaconda. These performances, like the CD do more than invoke Reinhardt’s spirit; they have a life of their own.” - TIME MAGAZINE