JJA Baritone Saxophonist Of The Year
James has been named Baritone Saxophonist of the Year JJA (Jazz Journalists Association) Jazz Awards! Read more about this prestigious honor here.
Make no mistake: Carter
who has emerged as one of the brightest stars in jazzdom, was the man. His performance was nothing short of a virtuoso clinic, a toe-tapping, heart-stopping, smile making romp.
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.