Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter may be the best known constituent part of NYC collective quartet Macroscopia, but based on its eponymous debut, he's not the only reason to listen. Although the bassoon hasn't figured largely in jazz history to date, an increasing number of able modern practitioners specializing in the large double reed woodwind seek to change that, including Sara Schoenbeck, and Katherine Young. Now, to that company, the name Claire DeBrunner must be added: her agile playing is one of the strengths of this disc. Classically trained DeBrunner discovered the Downtown scene in the '80s, and studied with saxophonist Lee ...read more
Daniel Carter QuartetThe Freedom GardenBrooklyn, New YorkSeptember 18, 2010 If you do not know about Daniel Carter, you are not to blame. For over thirty years Carter has been an New York musician, playing with free jazz innovators such as David S. Ware, William Parker, and Matthew Shipp, but has always remained obscure. Talking with Carter, it becomes clear that he has avoided the spotlight by choice; despising how people in the music industry shove each other out of the way." For this reason Carter frequently finds younger, innovative musicians with which to play. ...read more
If the solicitation from the members of this band is to indeed Wake Up!, then their plea recorded here will agitate, and, yes, maybe even activate some. This quartet of saxophonist Daniel Carter (Test, Other Dimensions in Music), trumpeter Demian Richardson, Italian drummer Federico Ughi, and bassist David Moss apply a vibe that is equal parts electric Miles Davis, Prime Time-era Ornette Coleman, and Sun Ra street jam band.
Ughi is also the label chief for 577 Records. His free jazz sessions always project an immense energy, and it's the same here for these 16 unkempt pieces. The ...read more
When the collective of drummer Whit Dickey, pianist Eri Yamamoto, and horn player Daniel Carter held sway at the Vision Festival in June 2009 they built tension to unbearable levels that built up to a cathartic resolution. On their first disc together, recorded in the studio four months prior to their Festival triumph, they program eight group improvisations in a much more relaxed vein, sometimes resolving sometimes not, but always coherent.
Dickey is still best known for his four-year tenure driving David S. Ware's classic quartet, but since then he's featured his compositions on a series of recordings for the ...read more
The Dream features the first recorded example of multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter playing piano. While this revelation is impressive enough, the album itself is a fascinating and endlessly rewarding listen. Ably accompanied by bassist William Parker and drummer Federico Ughi, Carter demonstrates remarkable facility on a half-dozen different instruments in settings ranging from sober to tumultuous.
Opening the album with This Is the Dream" Carter reveals a piano technique reminiscent of fellow avant gardists Cecil Taylor, Dave Burrell and Don Pullen. His turn at the keyboard emphasizes rousing pointillistic urgency and methodical development. His kinetic, hyper-linear attack is underscored ...read more
That's right, Daniel Carter plays piano on this date! It's the first thing you hear as this disc kicks immediately into definite but mature overdrive. It's a blast to hear William Parker, the bassist for Cecil Taylor's much-lauded Feel Trio, free-walking under Carter's percussive attacks, certainly indebted to Taylor but even more pointillistic. Zero Softly is a spare minimalist musing where notes hang in the air like galaxies only to fade beneath Federico Ughi's carpet of brushwork. Indeed, many of the tracks fade in and out, more like dreams with uncertain conclusions, if they exist at all. ...read more
577 Records is putting out some of the most interesting improvised music today, and The Dream is yet another high quality offering. Featuring the trio of Daniel Carter, William Parker and Federico Ughi, the CD is an embarrassment of riches, bursting with music of great imagination played with the highest skill and intention.
Carter and Parker are mainstays of improvised music, and Carter is one of the most important instrumentalists on the avant-garde scene. It hardly seems possible for one person to excel on so many instruments, yet Carter does so with ease--an ease that comes only from ...read more
Daniel Carter's collaboration with bassman Reuben Radding has evolved from an impressionistic alto sax and contrabass duo on Luminescence (AUM Fidelity, 2003) to an alto/bass/drum trio with the addition of Gregg Keplinger on Language (Origin, 2002) and now to the trio supplemented by Carter's full range of instrumentation and other musicians forming what they call the Large Group. Divided into a two-disc set, Not Out for Anywhere offers a lot of music. Disc one presents the trio in characteristic improvisations featuring Carter's own profound explorations, Keplinger's active drumming, and Radding's enthralling arco and pizzicato work. Radding plays his ...read more
[This interview was originally conducted in October 2001.]
On Saturday October 27th, 2001, Seattle radio station KEXP's Sonarchy Radio" featured a live performance of improvisational music by alto saxophonist Daniel Carter, contrabassist Reuben Radding, and drummer Gregg Keplinger. Carter had just flown in to Seattle from New York to perform at the Earshot Jazz Festival with Radding the following day and at about 12:30 AM Sunday morning immediately following their set of music that was broadcast on KEXP, I had the pleasure of interviewing these three musicians at Jack Straw Productions.
All About Jazz: Reuben, have you and Daniel been ...read more
An active sound experience, Mysterium grabs hold and forces the listener to hang on for a wild multi-genre ride. Using jazz, drum and bass, blues, rock, funk and some down right nasty noise, extended drum set artist Eric Eigner has collaborated with multi instrumentalist Daniel Carter and stunt guitarist Morgan Craft to produce a transgenerational improvisational engagement.Old head meets new, as Craft, who can make his guitar squeal like the downtown 7th Ave express pulling into Times Square and Carter, who has been a fixture on the NYC improv scene for decades, provide the ideal pair to explore ...read more
Wind multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter may be a fixture on the downtown New York scene, but he is little known outside of that circle. And that’s a shame because he’s as deserving of the moniker “improvising musician” as many of his more well-known contemporaries. While he has an ability to expand the language of his instruments through extended techniques, he maintains a surprisingly focused orientation, looking for melodies in the ether. His latest collaboration, Mysterium , places him in the position of being the most well-known of the ensemble, which means you almost certainly haven’t heard of the others. And that’s ...read more
Daniel Carter is quickly, and quietly, becoming one of the most important players on the free jazz scene. But despite being a thirty year veteran of the NYC music community and having worked with everyone from Sun Ra to Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Carter remains largely an underground legend. Luminescence , the saxophonist’s first album released under his own name, is a series of stunning duets that team Carter with another “downtown” vet, bassist Reuben Radding. Following post-9/11 airline baggage restrictions, Carter was forced to leave all but his alto sax ...read more
When historians look back at jazz around the turn of this century, they will have a hard time finding multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter. That's because Carter has not made a single record as a leader. His outspoken collectivist orientation means that he only participates within a more open social context (such as the free improv groups TEST or Other Dimensions In Music). Luminescence is the inaugural disc for the Daniel Carter bin--and as far as this reviewer can tell, it might also be the last. But that has no bearing whatsoever on Carter's vision or his continuing output.
Whoever's ...read more
Seattle's Origin label has pretty much kept its releases within the realm of modern mainstream jazz, now dips its toe into the free jazz/avant-garde pool with Language. Featuring Daniel Carter on alto, Rueben Radding on bass and Gregg Keplinger on a set of very busy drums, the trio works through more than 50 minutes of music not designed for the timid listener. Made up of all original compositions, the set kicks off with a passionate Speak Glow" with Carter's urgent alto delving into all corners of extemporizing, creating music on the spot activity. His efforts are underpinned by the even ...read more
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