LIVE: The James Carter Organ Trio @ The Egg, 4/15/12

April 20th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
James Carter

James Carter

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.

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JAZZ 2K: Jazz Appreciation Month (Already in Progress…)

April 13th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

By J Hunter

Okay, class, let’s review…

March in Greater Nippertown was a monster build-up to the second-greatest thing the Smithsonian Institution ever gave the world (The Air & Space Museum wins the Gold Medal, hands down): Terrific new releases from Brian Patneaude and Keith Pray, plus knockout shows by SFJAZZ Collective, Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Allan Holdsworth, the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, the Joe Krown Trio and Ahmad Jamal among many others.

And Jazz Appreciation Month itself has already been pretty tasty, thanks to a powerful solo show by Chick Corea (review forthcoming) and an outstanding drop party for Michael Benedict & Bopitude’s new disc “Five and One.”

But JAM really shifts into high gear in Nippertown this weekend, both on a global and a local level. And since today – Friday, April 13 – is officially National Jazz Day (Hey, the U.S. Council of Mayors says so…), here’s some very good ideas for how to spend this weekend:

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James Carter, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

April 12th, 2012, 10:02 am by Greg
James Carter

James Carter

“Growing up, I listened to pretty much whatever was on the radio at the time. And I was pretty hip to things like Parliament and Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire.

But on the jazz tip, I think that the first records that I bought were Duke Ellington’s ‘Seventieth Birthday Concert,’ ‘The Billie Holiday Story, Volume III’ (which is a Columbia re-issue), ‘Basie Jam III’ on the Pablo label and Eddie Harris’ ‘Playing With Myself.’”

Jazz saxophone powerhouse James Carter has played around Nippertown in a number of different configurations, including recent stops at The Egg that paid tribute to Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt. At 7:30pm on Sunday, he returns to The Egg in Albany with his first local showcase of his Organ Trio, which also features Gerard Gibbs on organ and Leonard King on drums. Tix are $28.

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