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Scenes from the 2024 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival

Read "Scenes from the 2024 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival" reviewed by Matt Hooke

The greatest gift any music festival can give a listener is the chance to think about a genre differently and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival did just that between February 16 and February 18. Most concert goers attend a show to hear a specific artist they are already familiar with, but the beauty of a festival is that it can expose you to many different styles in the span of a weekend. Across several stages at the Hilton Hotel ...

Album Review

Paul Carr: Straight Ahead Soul

Read "Straight Ahead Soul" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

If saxophonist Paul Carr could be described in a single word, it would be durable. Carr's two previous recordings--Just Noodlin' (PCJE, 2008) and Musically Yours (PCJE, 2006)--displayed a dependable adherence to the Ray Charles' principles of rhythm and blues. His tone and attack are made of the same precious metal as that of Hank Crawford and David “Fathead" Newman. On Straight Ahead Soul, Carr does his part to move adult contemporary jazz toward respectability with the fussy and hard-to-please traditionalist. ...

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Paul Carr: Musically Yours

Read "Musically Yours" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ex allievo di Arnett Cobb, Paul Carr ne ha ereditato tutta la verve soulful, unita ad un fraseggio robusto e vigoroso tipico della scuola texana. Due qualità esercitate al meglio in questo omaggio a Joe Henderson, pervaso da una trascinante vis hardboppistica. Il suo è un quintetto prestigioso, che avvalendosi della presenza di Mulgrew Miller e Lewis Nash, ha le sue carte vincenti in un contagioso ed accattivante dinamismo. Nonostante ciò, è un disco che non riesce a lasciare il ...

Album Review

Paul Carr: Musically Yours

Read "Musically Yours" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Houston's tenor saxophonist Paul Carr has provided, within a short recording career span, a number of intriguing and solid appearances. On his debut, Just Noodlin' (Jazz Karma, 2006), Carr provides a soulful and robust tenor sax in the style of Hank Mobley without seeking any deliberate comparisons. In addition, with his appearance on Eric Byrd's Brother Ray (Self Published, 2008), Carr is one of the four-man sax section which pays homage to the Ray Charles Atlantic Records period. Carr is ...

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Paul Carr: Musically Yours: Remembering Joe Henderson

Read "Musically Yours: Remembering Joe Henderson" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Listening to the music of tenor saxophonist Paul Carr, one recognizes that he has completely imbued the music of the late Joe Henderson, to whom he pays tribute on Musically Yours: Remembering Joe Henderson. Growing up in Texas under the spell of such “Texas Tenors" as Don Wilkerson and Arnett Cobb, Carr developed a big blusey tone.

Carr uses this to great effect as he draws the funk and blues out of the Henderson's compositions--performing them quite differently from how ...

Album Review

Paul Carr: Musically Yours

Read "Musically Yours" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Remembering one of the great tenor masters of jazz, saxophonist and educator Paul Carr pays homage to the late Joe Henderson by offering an artful session of hard-driving bop with his third album as a leader on Musically Yours. He borrows the title from Henderson, who once autographed an album that Carr brought with him to a gig at the now closed Washington, DC jazz club, The One Step Down, where the saxophonist signed “To Paul, Musically Yours, Joe."

Album Review

Paul Carr: Just Noodlin'

Read "Just Noodlin'" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Growing up in Houston, saxophonist Paul Carr was rasised in the tradition of the Texas Tenors. His local heroes included Don Wilkerson and Arnett Cobb. Carr started his musical education at Texas Southern University and completed it at Howard University in Washington, DC. He has since spent more than twenty years as a dynamic part of the DC jazz scene.

Since Carr's debut album came out in 1993, he he has participated on over 25 other recordings. As ...


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