Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Albert Brooks
James Carter’s 2009 live date “Heaven on Earth” featured some of the most powerful jazz I’ve ever heard, offering rampant expressions made with monsters like Christian McBride and John Medeski. But as big and nasty as the quintet on that disc was, the James Carter Organ Trio offers that same kind of musical throw-weight in an easy, stripped-out package that lets Carter find new and different ways to blow minds (and reeds) straight to oblivion.
Carter and his crew threw us straight into the mixmaster with the opener “Chant in the Night.” The piece was written by Sidney Bechet, but I can’t believe the jazz icon ever envisioned his piece being eviscerated this way – and when I say “eviscerated,” I don’t mean that in a bad way.