James Carter (saxophonist)

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James Carter, Bad Ischl 2006

James Carter (born January 3, 1969 in Detroit , Michigan ) is an American saxophonist and representative of the modern creative style.


Carter became known in the 1990s for his unorthodox approach to jazz. In addition to traditional jazz standards , he also lets his own compositions heard on his CDs, in which he creates his own sound through the use of growling , large interval jumps and other atypical sound effects. Unlike most jazz saxophonists, Carter plays the full range of saxophones, namely bass, baritone, alto, tenor, soprano and F mezzo saxophone. He also plays bass clarinet and flute.

His album Jurrassic Classics received the annual prize of the German Record Critics' Prize in 1995 .

Discography (selection)

  • JC on the Set (1994, Sony / Columbia)
  • Jurassic Classics (1995, Sony / Columbia)
  • The Real Quietstorm (1995, Atlantic)
  • Conversion with the Elders (1996, Atlantic) with Tani Tabal
  • DD Jackson : Paired Down (Justin Time, 1997)
  • In Carterian Fashion (1998)
  • Layin 'the Cut (2000, Atlantic)
  • Chasin 'the Gypsy (2000)
  • Gardenias for Lady Day (2003)
  • Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge (2004, Warner Brothers)
  • Out of Nowhere (2005)
  • Present Tense (2008 Universal)
  • Caribbean Rhapsody (compositions by Roberto Sierra )
  • At the Crossroads (Emarcy Records, 2011)
  • James Carter Organ Trio: Live from Newport Jazz (2019)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Annual prizes 1995. An overview of the 1995 “Prize of the German Record Critics”