Live At Baker's Keyboard Lounge

James Carter

05 April 2004
Saxophonist James Carter pays tribute to his home town Detroit, with a special guest all-star line-up.Recorded live at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, and produced by Atlantic chairman and founder Ahmet Ertegun, the album is a veritable who’s who of the city’s jazz luminaries, featuring over four generations of Detroit musical talent, beginning with the 88 year-old be-bop pioneer Franz Jackson, as well as the likes of saxophonists Johnny Griffin and David Murray, keyboardists Kenny Cox and Gerald Gibbs, drummer Leonard King and trumper Dwight Adams.James Carter first burst onto the international jazz scene in the late eighties as a member of trumpeter Lester Bowie’s band. He went on to cut a series of acclaimed albums including Jurassic Classics (1994), The Real Quiet Storm (1995), Conversin’ With The Elders (1996), In Carterian Fashion (1998) and Chasin’ The Gypsy, his 2000 homage to Django Reinhardt. A virtuoso on everything from soprano to contrabass saxophone and clarinet, Carter has topped the Baritone Saxophone category on Downbeat’s Critic’s Poll three years in a row.