James Carter: Conversin’ With The Elders

COMPOSERS: James Carter
LABELS: Atlantic
WORKS: Conversin’ With The Elders
PERFORMER: James Carter (bar s, ts, as & b cl), Craig Taborn (p), Jaribu Shahid (b), Tani Tabbal (d); with Lester Bowie (t), Larry Smith (as), Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison (t), Hamiet Bluiett (bar s), Buddy Tate (cl, ts)
CATALOGUE NO: 7567-82908-2
So many young saxophonists are hyped beyond their capabilities only to wither before maturity, that it is tempting to be cynical about 27-year-old James Carter. Yet this multi-reeds player has put down firm roots in a very short time. Touring with Wynton Marsalis at 17 and subsequently with the Charles Mingus Big Band, Lincoln Center Jazz and the World Saxophone Quartet, Carter burst on the scene as a leader last year with The Real Quiet Storm. His second album is a tenderly conceived and confidently executed feast of reeds. Not only does Carter show impeccable taste in bringing on swing veterans Harry Edison and Buddy Tate, but by insisting on unrehearsed, first-take sessions, they are revealed as unaffected players, savouring the essence of their own material. Bowie and Bluiett are captured in free blowing, blue contrast. Carter, lyrical throughout, demonstrates great noblesse oblige. GB