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James Carter is back in town. One of the most admired saxophonists of his generation makes his debut with Present Tense, an album of uncompromising, swinging jazz. While it's music that has its roots in the jazz tradition, it's also forward looking. How else could it be, with players like Victor Lewis on drums, D. D. Jackson on piano and Dwight Adams on trumpet? asks Carter. The all-star cast, which also has James Genus on bass, includes guest appearances by Rodney Jones on guitar and Eli Fountain on percussion. The album is produced by Michael Cuscuna, who sensed a challenge to capture the sheer range of Carter's enormous talent and his mastery of jazz idiom, which he felt had not really been adequately represented on earlier albums.
From the Artist
"I titled this album Present Tense because it captures where I am right now," says Carter, who plays a trinity of saxophones (soprano, tenor and baritone), flute and bass clarinet. "This is what appeals to me right now. I've always had eclectic tastes, so the styles of these pieces are diverse. But I'm also dealing with more lyricism on this album, and I'm making more concise statements in the music versus playing out for 10 or 11 minutes. Some of the tunes here are in the four-minute range."
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 3.1 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Emarcy
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : February 9, 2008
- Label : Emarcy
- ASIN : B0013NFMO2
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #226,704 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This CD has mostly old songs, and you could imagine a session with similar material done in the 60's. However, this is music most certainly in the "Present Tense" -- Carter's style doesn't look back, even if the songs do. Carter plays it relatively tasteful - he'll probably always have some show-off in him - and the result is a success. It's about as good as his CD's "The Real Quietstorm", "Conversin' With The Elders", and "In Carterian Fashion". So, Carter fans will like it, and anyone curious about James Carter should get this CD as well.
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All in all this is a great album incorporating the many different facets of James Carters arsenal and shows just how talented and versatile a muician this man really is.
If you find a more varied album than this one i'd like to hear from you !
Buy it - you really can't go wrong.
Con "Present Tense", tanto en cosecha propia como ajena, Carter se desdice. Apadrinado por Cuscuna, Carter consigue seguir mostrando su buen hacer, sin olvidar el sentido de las canciones y la melodía. La pérdida de protagonismo se compensa con una banda excepcional y una selección de tempos y temas soberbia, y el resultado muestra al fin al Carter que todos deberían conocer: un músico portentoso pero que sabe cuando debe de quedar en un segundo plano en favor del resultado global.
Si a todo lo dicho añadimos un repertorio ecléctico, aunque sin llegar a chirriar entre diversos estilos, obtenemos el mejor escaparate para este músico. Si buscas sus excesos, saldrás decepcionado, si buscas un músico capaz de contenerse en favor del sonido de conjunto, sin por ello dejar de demostrar que es un auténtico maestro de la técnica musical, aquí tienes su mejor obra.