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Carter’s bravura playing delivers the joy of sax at Grant Park

James Carter’s bravura turn in Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra was by far the highlight of the concert

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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.
-Christopher John Farley, TIME

Carter’s ease with swing, bop and avant-garde styles also gave notice that a staggeringly inclusive figure—the apotheosis of the postmodern jazzman—was now among us.
-Steve Futterman, THE WASHINGTON POST