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Jc on the Set


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1. JC on the Set 2. Baby Girl Blues 3. Worried and Blue 4. Blues for a Nomadic Princess 5. Caravan 6. Hour of Parting 7. Lunatic 8. Sophisticated Lady

1. JC On The Set
2. Baby Girl Blues
3. Worried And Blue
4. Blues For A Nomadic Princess
5. Caravan
6. Hour Of Parting
7. Lunatic
8. Sophisticated Lady

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: August 23, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002ANF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,340 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Few jazz albums today can grab hold of the listener as much as this one. More remarkable than this, however, is that James Carter's first effort does have its lesser points, yet still compels and amazes the listener. Perhaps this might be the typical response from a jazz-listening public that is tired of such polished and synthetic works that saturate most of today's radio. Whatever the reason, Carter and his quartet possesses the unique ability to relentlessly please the listenter from every angle. From solo to solo one never knows what will come next, and this vitality makes the work as a whole very worthwhile. Above all else, the album reflects the dynamic talents of a brilliant reeds player who keeps the ears filled with wonderfully creative solos that can -- at times -- even slip into bars from other recognizable melodies (ie, in the first track Carter falls into "Rhapsody in Blue" then glides effortlessly back into his own creation). One also can appreciate Carter's desire to be recognized as a distinctly passionate artist, as reflected by how he tackles Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" with his well-toned and courageous baritone sax. As introductions go, this one is stunning and unforgettable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
James Carter has been known as a virtuoso on almost any woodwind instrument and on this cd he plays alto through bari sax. This cd is upbeat and really never gets that boring. Some of his other cds to check out include chasing the gypsy which is a little more laid back but again never gets boring. There is a saying on the inside cover of this cd that says "hands and eyes on the prize" in which his spiritual but straightforward nature really shows through. Some would classify this style as avant garde but it is not some far out style, it really has a great flow and musical quality to it. Sophisticated Lady is the last track and he sports the bari sax and plays it the way duke ellington meant it to be played.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The year 1994 would turn out to be a banner year for jazz debut albums, and
alongside Brad Mehldau, David Sanchez, Junko Onishi, Chris Walden, Nicholas
Payton and Badi Assad, another bright and very important new music force had
made a exclusive mark on the music itself. J.C. On The Set signaled the arrival
of multi-reeds giant James Carter as his rise to international fame have won him
the critical praise and success as his debut CD made him become hailed as one
of the most highly ambitious jazz musicians in 70 plus years. Containing mostly
first-time original compositions written by Carter, the enlightened track set starts
off on the high octane title track where it procede in full force on Baby Girl Blues,
the adventurous Blues For A Nomadic Princess, Lunatic, and superb versions of
classic jazz standards, such as Duke Ellington’s Caravan and Sun Ra’s Hour Of
Parting. As a proud fixture of the Detroit jazz circuit, Carter had achieved plenty
of experience during his five-year rise that included his stint as session musician
in bands headed by Geri Allen, Lester Bowie and Julius Hemphill before becom-
ing a star in his right. So here it is, coming towards us with swagger and strut, a
gleeful cry, an expansive roar, creative virtuosity, and some tender intimidations,
its J.C. On The Set and it’s coming at you the next time around.

Now here is another great jazz classic that the MP3 department needs to bring in it's
department, because it will not only bring more exposure but could make it a greater
seller as am MP3 album. So let's get Amazon.com to present an MP3 album edition
of this landmark debut jazz classic!
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By dove13 on January 2, 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of the best modern jazz discs out there. His version of 'Caravan' is my favorite. This dude is amazing; he really knows how to convey his musical imagination.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is modern, loud, rowdy jazz at its best. If you've developed a tatse for it, you will enjoy this record.
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