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Album Review

Alto saxophonist Daniel Carter is an avant-gardist who can also play thoughtfully and with logical development. On Language, he performs five group originals with bassist Reuben Radding and drummer Gregg Keplinger that are mostly free improvisations. The music starts at its most intense with "Speak Glow," evolves from being introspective to fiery on the nearly 20-minute title cut, is passionate on "Aphasia," and finds the group playing a spontaneous ballad on "Never 3 Saturday." "Roadrunner" concludes the intriguing set with more fire. In addition to Carter's expressive but subtle alto and the forward momentum provided by Keplinger, Radding's bass playing (particularly the sections where he is bowing) is noteworthy, holding the music together and adding a solid direction to the performances. This is the type of recording that grows in interest with each listen.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Flutist/saxophonist/trumpeter Daniel Carter isn't as well-known as some of his contemporaries on the New York free jazz scene, which may partially be due to the fact that he refuses to name his own projects after himself. But judging from his long history of playing in New York and his winding, exploratory recordings, he deserves to be as well-known as peers like David S. Ware or William Parker. Carter began playing in New York in the early '70s and he sporadically recorded during that decade with...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: May 17, 2002

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