The Jazzcat

James Carter at the Jazz Bakery

by on Apr.01, 2004, under News


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It’s Tuesday night

here at one of LA best places to see jazz music, The Jazz Bakery. My

sinuses have me all plugged up but, my hearing is just fine, and I am

ready to experience the dynamic and thought provoking sounds of Mr.

James Carter.



I have met James very

briefly a few times before and he is a cool cat, with a great sense of

humor, who just wants to get down and do his thing. He has a very

special thing in that he takes time to explore the sounds that are

outside the box. Taking his instrument, stretching it beyond its normal

limits and incorporating sounds that other musicians have yet to find.



This is the first

show of the first night and the audience banter is high, a great size

crowd for a Tuesday night. The lights are lowered and the cats hit the

stage, “Ladies and Gentleman, would you please welcome James Carter and his Quintet!”



James hits the stage

full of personality, a modern day Cannonball Adderley. He says that the

performances this week are a work in progress, virgin territory. Well,

we all know how exciting virgin territory can be! This was no

exception. For some, “work in progress” is generally an excuse to let

things happen as they may, kind of a disclaimer. Not the case here.



One, two, uh uh uh uh  BAM!

The Quintet is off to high speed and James is all over it. He is very

expressive and not a player who stands still on stage. I was trying to

take a few pictures of him and he would not stand still! He is like

Muhammad Ali doin’ the rope-a-dope only he is swingin’ licks and blows

that sting and knock you out in a different way. He is into the sound

of his music and you can tell that he is really enjoying himself. The

audience is hanging on tight for the ride.



These cats are

swingin’ in eight and waking up the dead! No sleepy heads to night,

heads are bobbin’ and weavin’. The tunes run the gamut from super speed

to saucy, thick as molasses, sticky wicked!



James and the band

are like mad cats in the jazz jungle tearin’ up the place with sounds

that are alive, fresh, innovative and very creative. From alto to tenor

to soprano, James is like the prince at the thrown of the Jazz Bakery,

spreading good will to the people. If you would like to be a royal

subject in the sound of great music, get out and see James Carter and

his Quintet here at the Bakery until April 1, 2004.



LeRoy Downs

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