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Layin' In The Cut

James CarterAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Layin' In The CutJames Carter [Featuring Jef Lee Johnson, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma And G. Calvin Weston] 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Motown MashJames Carter [Featuring Jef Lee Johnson, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma And G. Calvin Weston] 7:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Requiem For Hartford Ave.James Carter [Featuring Jef Lee Johnson, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma And G. Calvin Weston] 5:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Terminal BJames Carter 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Drafadelle In D FlatJames Carter [Featuring Jef Lee Johnson, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma And G. Calvin Weston] 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. There's A PaddleJames Carter 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. GPJames Carter 7:17$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00004TJ94
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The collective electric improvisations that make up Layin' in the Cut showcase the intrepid, high-wire quality of James Carter's free jazz/super-bop side, much as the romantic acoustic arrangements of sibling release Chasin' the Gypsy focus on the saxophonist's lyrical talents. Drummer Grant Calvin Weston and electric bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma afford Carter a loose yet deeply centered rhythmic focus upon which to conceive a postmodern bridge between hard funk and modern jazz. While swing is clearly a second language here (the coda to "There's a Paddle" being an energetic example), wherever Carter dares to tread, he matches his ferocious energy with his band's grace and power--especially on the title cut and "Motown Mash."

Electric guitarists Marc Ribot and Jef Lee Johnson confer an open-ended brand of melodic fluidity and timbral flexibility, enabling the saxophonist to split the difference between John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix, as on "Requiem for Hartford Ave."--Ribot's pensive classical-styled intro and Johnson's bluesy retorts inspire alternating serene and shrieking soprano phrases. On "Terminal B," a trademark Tacuma-Weston harmolodic march leads to a psychedelic free-for-all. Their most amiable radio-friendly collective work comes on "GP," with Ribot's Wes Montgomery-styled inflections gently framing Carter's lyric tenor in Latin raiment. And from his wailing ascent up the scale on "There's a Paddle" to his gorgeous gospel-blues inflections on "Drafadelic in D Flat," Carter's unbridled tenor work is deeply compelling. While these arrangements rarely venture out of the straight vamp mode into the more harmonically expansive vistas of, say, Sam Rivers's big-band jazz-funk (try Inspiration or Culmination), Carter's potential for growth is unmistakable. --Chip Stern

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding funk/fusion jazz December 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just when you thought fusion jazz had run out of steam, along comes the irrepressible James Carter breathing new life into the tired old genre. This is the best jazz in a fusion vein I have encountered since Miles did Jack Johnson way back in 1970. Carter blows hard and heavy on seven funkified tracks with the able accompanyment of Jef Lee Johnson and Marc Ribot on electric guitars, G. Calvin Weston on drums, and the nearly forgotten wondrous Jamaaladeen Tacuma on electric bass. Released in 2000 simultaneously with his Chasin' The Gypsy cd, Carter again showed how wonderfully eclectic he is. In an era when music is increasingly of the cookie cutter variety, Carter refuses to be restricted and is ubiquitous in his range of musical expression. Five stars to the most distinct and emphatic voice in modern jazz today for this top notch offering of classic jazz fusion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars j.c.'s funky blues fusion June 22, 2000
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This is a fine funky album on its own terms, but one that fails to live up to its potential. With the amazing 2-guitar line-up I was expecting harmolodic fireworks, but instead found a surprisingly low-key set. Here are the band's harmolodic credentials: Tacuma played in Ornette's original Prime Time band, Weston played with a late '80s version of same, Johnson has been a member of Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society through the '90s -- Jackson the original Prime Time drummer -- and, Carter played on Jackson's WHAT SPIRIT SAY, released by DIW.

This project is an odd combination -- from the cover photo you might expect a smooth Grover Washington Jr.-style groove, but you'd be wrong -- its' a little too wild for that. But it never rises up in wild abandon either -- Ribot and Johnson are never unleashed. (Chip Stern to the contrary, there is nothing remotely boppish here, let alone "super-boppish," and nothing that sounds like Hendrix either.) Carter plays bari on "Motown," and soprano on "Requiem" and "Terminal B," otherwise sticking to tenor. His playing is engaging, but more subdued than we've come to expect, most recently on the superb "In Carterian Fashion." Johnson's "Terminal B" is the track that sounds most harmolodic -- a Decoding Society shuffle. Carter's "Paddle" also gets up out of the groove.

But the best tracks are laid-back, smoky grooves -- "Requiem" and "Drafadelic." That turns out to be the forte of this set. As long as you realize that, and are prepared for the first and last tracks being the weakest, you can appreciate this for what it is, and hope that now these cats have got to know each other, the next time they can really go at it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Layin' in the Groove June 6, 2000
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At this very moment I am listening to this brand new James Carter album. I will admit that I haven't had too much experience with Carter, but I do love his album "In Carterian Fashion." But my god, when I saw this lineup I could not pass it up...Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Calvin Weston, and Jef Lee Johnson! An amazing electric album, and Carter fits in so well. The ideas are simple, yet these guys take the simple and turn it into some amazing improvisational output. Ribot sounds outstanding, he gets better every time I hear him! And overall this album is just superb if you dig improvisational groove...nowhere does the album get boring, it is constantly fresh, moving and inventive.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the future now! July 31, 2000
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People are always telling me that joshua redman is the best young hornman around. Please! Listen to this CD and get back to me. Mr. Carter just put out two CD's, although quantity isn't the remarkable thing about it. One CD is a tribute to Django...by a sax player....and yes, he pulls it off ( go buy it, its called Chasin the Gypsy). That's how damn good he can blow. This may be the best jazz album you hear in a long time. It's jazz-fusion-harmolodic-blues-freeimprov that can't be stopped. He's got some incredible sidemen that turn in some great performances. Weston/Tacuma take up the drums/bass, and you've got two guitars with Ribot/Johnson. Ribot has never sounded more fleet fingered and Johnson more assure. Weston is a former Ulmer drummer and Tacuma played with Ornette. James Carter can blow like noone else. What can't this guy do? He might just be the most talented,gifted musician of the current age. This is a great jazz CD if you like funky,bluesy,harmolodic,freejazz by one great group of musicians. Also/Otherwise checkout, Jurassic Classics, or In Carterian fashion, or Conversin with the elders, or Chasin the Gyspsy, or the real quietstorm....you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Layin' in the Groove June 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
At this very moment I am listening to this brand new James Carter album. I will admit that I haven't had too much experience with Carter, but I do love his album "In Carterian Fashion." But my god, when I saw this lineup I could not pass it up...Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Calvin Weston, and Jef Lee Johnson! An amazing electric album, and Carter fits in so well. The ideas are simple, yet these guys take the simple and turn it into some amazing improvisational output. Ribot sounds outstanding, he gets better every time I hear him! And overall this album is just superb if you dig improvisational groove...nowhere does the album get boring, it is constantly fresh, moving and inventive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars blindfold test
this cd is a blindfold test for listeners: james carter is listed as playing 'all horns'. while guessing which saxophone he's playing on each track, you can get lost in the rhythm... Read more
Published on March 19, 2007 by Case Quarter
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man With The Sax
There is al lot of fuzz about Carter being a technical arteficial over-talented cat, with no warmth of tone nor making any connection with the listener. Read more
Published on March 21, 2006 by jermels
5.0 out of 5 stars Go For It!
Jazz has had no new perspective on funk for 15 years. Along comes James Carter to make sax sound new, and get jazz and funk allied again and fired up. Read more
Published on November 24, 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars starts dont reflect album.
i havent listened to nay of james carters albums, i just wanted to say i saw him live at yoshis jazz club in oakland september 29,2k. Read more
Published on November 2, 2000 by Shack-Man
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing recording by a brilliant artist
Let's settle things right from the start. James Carter is a brilliant musician. This recording holds promise but falls short. Read more
Published on October 7, 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Cuttin' it up - but why?
First impression: "Just because one *can* do a thing doesn't mean one *should*." And, while after a few listenings, my opinion has moderated, this band's virtuousity... Read more
Published on August 11, 2000 by "caughtthebook"
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric jazz
Layin' In the Cut is an edgy funk-jazz blowing session. As on Chasin' The Gypsy, Carter lays in a big arsenal of horns, including the usual soprano, tenor and baritone saxes. Read more
Published on July 25, 2000 by Jeanne Lightly
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Stuff!
I bought this album because I am a Marc Ribot fan. Okay, Ribot is his usual incredible self on this recording, and didn't let me down.
Yet, Ribot is by no means a stand out. Read more
Published on June 21, 2000 by James Savage
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