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James Carter (b. 1969) is one of today's bright young stars on the jazz saxophone. I really should write "saxophones" since, rather than focusing on one or two instruments, Carter has mastered pretty much every saxophone from soprano down to bass, as well as the bass clarinet. Coming out of Detroit, Michigan, he has hit the scene in the last 5 years or so. His musical roots are definitely hard bop and he plays with a raw fury which, in my opinion, distinguishes him from his contemporary, Joshua Redman. In addition, the baritone and bass saxophones are frequent vehicles for his music. He tours with his own combo as well as records on movie soundtracks and appears alongside some of jazz's big stars. For example, I just saw him in February with Steve Turré in a tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk. His pure energy just about stole the show.

I haven't seen confirmation of it yet, but I'm pretty sure that jazz violinist Regina Carter is his sister.

Gosh, lots of dangling hard-links. Looks like I have some more noding to do. Stay tuned.

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