In Carterian Fashion, Atlantic CD 83082-2, 1998
The classic organ combo reinvented
Tenor saxophonist James Carter may not have a household
name like the giants who were around when jazz was king, but among his
contemporaries, this powerful player deserves to be listed among the
best. Here, he channels the musical wisdom of organist Jimmy Smith as
he rotates a trio of Hammond masters (Cyrus Chestnut, Henry Butler and
Craig Taborn) on this ten-song trip through keyboard coolsville.
Carter has always been a smart cookie, but on this release he
reaches for the soul instead of relying upon the cerebellum. This
results in an album which swings hard, and brings out instrumental
squeals of delight, especially with "Frisco Follies," which
threatens to just explode with passion.
For many, the organ is only remembered for its role in church,
and in old Stax records. But Carter wants any and all to know that this
time-honored instrument is just as jazzy as the golden sax he blows.
With In Carterian Fashion, Carter makes a fashion
statement about why the organ deserves to be an evergreen accessory for
every jazz generation. Dan MacIntosh
Glenn Brooks says... I wish Craig Taborn didnt somehow make
his Hammond sound like a Wurlitzer, resulting in something
like Jazz at the Roller Rink.