Reviews that mention Kent Carter

September 17, 2021

Steve Lacy (Unfinished)

Organized by Guillaume Tarche
Lenka Lente

By Ken Waxman

Strictly speaking American saxophonist Steve Lacy (1934-2004) is finished. That is if we’re speaking about leave taking of this temporal plane. However the influence of the musician who introduced the soprano saxophone to modern Jazz and improvised music is far from over. Significant as an innovator, performer, composer and mentor, Lacy’s career, much of which was spent in Paris, was richer, varied and more complex than simple biographies and discographies can convey. This 470-page volume provides a kaleidoscopic, if somewhat eccentric, compendium of the many strands of Lacy’s life from 43 contributors writing in English, French and Italian. MORE

September 1, 2020

Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad/Kent Carte/John Stevens

Blue Cat
NoBusiness Records NBLP 130

Franz Koglmann

Flaps

Black Monk BMCD-01

Franz Koglmann

Opium

Black Monk BMCD-02

Establishing absolute European improvised music free of American influences was as much of a mug’s game in the late 20th Century as Donald Trump’s xenophobic directives have been during the past four years. Those like Derek Bailey who maintained that stance – while still playing with any non-Europeans who came along – ended up looking foolish. Far more prescient were players like the one here who created a sound mosaic that didn’t bother with geographical origins. MORE

February 6, 2018

Steve Lacy

Free for a Minute (1965-72)
Emanem 5210

Spontaneous Music Ensemble (1968)

Karyobin are the imaginary birds said to live in paradise

Emanem 5046

Hans Reichel (1973)

Wichlinghauser Blues

Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 033

Roscoe Mitchell (1977)

Duets with Anthony Braxton

Delmark/Sackville SK 3016

Something In The Air: Historical Free Music Documents Reappear on CD

By Ken Waxman

Arguably the most important and least understood sound of the 20th Century, Free Music which combined jazz’s freedom with noted music’s rigour, while aiming for in-the-moment creation has now been around for almost six decades. With its advances now accepted as part of the ongoing sonic landscape, long out-of-print are being reissued and reappraised for their excellence. MORE

February 13, 2017

Guérineau/Oki/Carter/Sato

D’un Rive à L’autre
Improvising Beings ib 47

Like carriage horses in harness, history and nostalgia are often linked. That’s why all-star sessions of Classic Jazz and Swing performers were often recorded during the 1940s and 1950s, in order to document important music performed by its originators. That longing for times past was sometimes a by-product was as inevitable as couturiers adding decorations to classic fashion when shown again.

D’un Rive à L’autre gathers together four veterans present during France’s first rapprochement with Free Jazz in the 1960s and 1970s – trumpeter and flugelhornist Itaru Oki, tenor saxophonist Sylvain Guérineau, bassist Kent Carter and drummer Makoto Sato – to explore five group compositions. The four are so familiar with the twists and turns of in-the-moment creation that they run through the pieces with the enthusiasm of four decades ago amplified by the cumulative aptitude they’ve picked up along the way. Not a working band, its four members have different histories. Oki and Sato for instance were part of the Marteau Rouge band with guitarist Jean-François Pauvros and electronic manipulator Jean-Marc Foussat, who coincidentally recorded this disc. Guérineau has worked in duo with Foussat plus in other groups, while Carter the best-known, is an American who expatriated along with Steve Lacy in the 1970s, and having settled in France occupies himself with notated and improvised music. MORE

August 16, 2012

Steve Lacy Quintet

Estilhaços
Clean Feed CF 247 CD

Steve Lacy

The Sun (1967-73)

Emanem 5022

Comfortable in his status as an expatriate musician, by the late 1960s soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (1934-2004) was ensconced in Europe experimenting with different configurations. When he finally settled on his unique version of the quintet format, he maintained it on-and-off for the next quarter century. These valuable reissues of tracks from 1967, 1968, 1972 and 1973 not only itemize his early combo experiments, but also demonstrate the subtle shifts in Lacy’s playing at that time that would characterize his work from then on. MORE

August 16, 2012

Steve Lacy

The Sun (1967-73)
Emanem 5022

Steve Lacy Quintet

Estilhaços

Clean Feed CF 247 CD

Comfortable in his status as an expatriate musician, by the late 1960s soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (1934-2004) was ensconced in Europe experimenting with different configurations. When he finally settled on his unique version of the quintet format, he maintained it on-and-off for the next quarter century. These valuable reissues of tracks from 1967, 1968, 1972 and 1973 not only itemize his early combo experiments, but also demonstrate the subtle shifts in Lacy’s playing at that time that would characterize his work from then on. MORE

April 6, 2012

Andrea Centazzo

The New York City Jazz Record Interview
By Ken Waxman

Founder in the late ‘70s of ICTUS, one of the first European artist-run labels that recorded free music, Italian-American percussionist, composer and multi-media artist Andrea Centazzo is celebrating the label 35th anniversary at The Stone this month. The festival showcases the many genres of experimental music Udine, Italy-born Centazzo, 64, has been involved with over the years. On hand will be many of his collaborators from the US and Italy. Centazzo’s musical scope is so large that some of his other musical ventures, such as composing for film, theatre and large non-jazz ensembles, could barely be mentioned in the conversation below. MORE

December 9, 2010

Rivière Composers’ Pool

Summer Works 2009
Emanem 5301

Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet +1

3 Nights in Oslo

Smalltown Superjazz STSJ197CD

Anthony Braxton/Gerry Hemingway

Old Dogs (2007)

Mode Avant 9/12

Sun Ra

The Heliocentric Worlds

ESP-Disk 4062

Something in the Air

By Ken Waxman

Boxed sets of recorded music have long been a holiday gift. But sophisticated music fans won’t settle for slapped together “best of” collections. Boxes such as these, collecting multiple CDs for specific reasons, should impress any aware listener. MORE