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James Carter artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Concerts

James Carter performs at Newport

June 23, 2011 With acres of soul, Carter is big and tall, a saxophone master with a smile.

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Dave Brubeck is the most-featured artist of all time at the Newport Jazz Festival.

August 11, 2009 Last weekend's festival packed in a dizzying array of talent, all performing in just 32 hours.

James Carter performs at Newport Jazz.

August 9, 2009 He's a fiery, obvious talent. And he calls upon the down-home, honking feel of the B-3 organ.

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September 27, 2007 James Carter pays tribute to Don Byas in a concert recorded at the North Sea Jazz Festival.

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February 17, 2004 A Billie Holiday tribute from James Carter; Malian story-song guitarist Habib Koite; Scottish fo...

Reviews

The new album Caribbean Rhapsody is the result of a ten-year collaboration between jazz saxophonist James Carter and classical composer Roberto Sierra.

May 26, 2011 Hear what happens when a major classical composer writes a concerto for a major jazz saxophonist.

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May 30, 2008 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews James Carter's new album, Present Tense.

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Panel No. 1 from Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series. The panel is titled: "During World War I there was a great migration north by southern African Americans."

March 1, 2011 Locomotives provided plenty of fodder for American jazz composers in the early 20th century.

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December 10, 2008 The year's best jazz CDs reach into the listener's world rather than demanding the opposite.

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Gold Sounds

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  • Album: Gold Sounds
  • Artist: James Carter/Cyrus Chestnut/Ali Jackson/Reginald Veal
  • Label: Brown Brothers
  • Released: 2005
 

Chasin' the Gypsy

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  • Album: Chasin' the Gypsy
  • Artist: James Carter
  • Label: Atlantic
 

Present Tense

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  • Album: Present Tense
  • Artist: James Carter
  • Label: Emarcy
  • Released: 2008
 

Layin' in the Cut

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  • Album: Layin' in the Cut
  • Artist: James Carter
  • Label: Atlantic
 

Out of Nowhere

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  • Album: Out of Nowhere
  • Artist: James Carter
 

Caribbean Rhapsody

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  • Album: Caribbean Rhapsody
  • Artist: James Carter
  • Label: Emarcy
  • Released: 2011