All About Jazz review of The James Carter Organ Trio at FlynnSpace
Doug Collette reviews the February 22, 2014 performance of The James Carter Organ Trio at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont.
The music, commissioned by the DSO and written for Carter, shows off his brilliant technical command of the tenor and soprano saxes and carves out space for improvisation in which his ideas burst like fireworks.
There were passages in the program, especially during pieces such as Joe Henderson’s “Recorda Me,” in which Carter played with a surprisingly soft and tender sound, his improvisations filled with subtle melodic paraphrases. At other times, he added an appealing, burry edge to his tone—the result calling up images, on soprano saxophone, of Sidney Bechet.