Legendary bassist Kent Carter's broad musicality is about much more than simply dabbling within fleeting interests, as evident on this quasi-chamber jazz session. Whether performing within free jazz circles or the modern mainstream, Carter is often an intense stylist. On this string trio endeavor, the bassist serves as the anchor while enjoying ample breathing room among his bandmates' zigzagging staccato lines.
Cerebral in scope yet sometimes fragile with intent, the band pursues daintily melodic chamber frameworks while also ...read more
To hear bassist Kent Carter on this '84 recording (augmented with two '97 tracks) is to hear the bassist in an entirely different context than anything his work with Steve Lacy and Paul Bley would belie. Always an artist with a penchant for strengthening an ensemble and its collective voice, Carter has comprised his ostensibly solo" work of exercises and experiments documenting his search for a unified string conception in a group context. The use of overdubbed parts on everything ...read more
Best known for his work as principal bassist in the ensembles of Steve Lacy between 1965 and 1982, Kent Carter has worked squarely within the annals of the 'new thing' almost since its inception. However, most of his career has been as an expatriate - and it is something rare to have a foothold in both European improvised music and the revolutionary New York New Thing. Carter is deeply involved in the possibility for not only the bass, but string ...read more
There are those improvisers who find Europe both a financially more stable climate as well as an aesthetic challenge. Steve Lacy and his regular bassist for almost 20 years, Kent Carter, are a prime example. Carter, while certainly his own musician with a unique conception, is in some ways inextricably tied to Lacy, for the path to musical freedom was reached through the open door of European improvisation. Carter was born June 14, 1939 in New Hampshire, ...read more
It used to be a very rare event for a bassist to make a solo record. Now things have changed a bit, but Beauvais Cathedral takes the listener back to the day. This disc is not exactly a solo bass disc (3 tracks are solo bass and one is solo cello; the rest are higher-order units) but it conveys a strong sense of single- mindedness and direction. Kent Carter's first experiments in this realm from 1974-75 portray a clever and ...read more
Bassist Kent Carter moved from the United States to Europe in the 60’s which has led him on somewhat of a storybook course through the British Free-Jazz movement, stints with Steve Lacy, Paul Bley and many others. Here, the master bassist performs a series of duets with the equally adept violinist Albrecht Maurer taking place at Carter’s recording studio in the quaint town of “Juillaguet”, which appropriately translates into The Juillaguet Collection.
Throughout these nine pieces, Carter and Maurer exhibit ...read more
Free improvisations that are stunning in their richness and melodic tonalities. Bassist Kent Carter, a veteran of Steve Lacy's Seventies groups, and violinist Albrecht Maurer obviously know each other very well. The music they make together is full of conventional" harmonies as much as it is of dissonance, so that these pieces sound classically designed and wide-ranging, as if Stravinsky or Mahler had suddenly taken up free improvisation.
Each is a lovely little piece, with the longest (and one of ...read more