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James Carter | Concerto for Saxophones | Review: James Carter Wows Fans at SF Jazz Fest
Saxophonist James Carter overshadowed everyone else onstage at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on Thursday night, during a San Francisco Jazz Festival show that also featured acclaimed organist John Medeski, That's not a knock on Medeski - nor on guitarist Adam Rogers, bassist Ralphe Armstrong or drummer Lee Pearson - as much as recognition of a jazz fact: It's near impossible to compete against Carter.
The ensemble was celebrating the recent CD "Heaven on Earth," a true all-star effort led by Carter and featuring Medeski, Rogers, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Joey Baron, Nearly all the selections performed during the almost 2-hour show hailed from "Heaven on Earth," and, indeed, managed to live up to the album's title, Unfortunately, McBride and Baron couldn't make it to the SFJAZZ show, but Armstrong and Pearson proved to be suitable substitutes.
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... Definitely, the stars of the evening were drummer Lee Pearson and the legendary ...
He operated his drum sticks ecstatically, brightening the room with a beatific ...
"I Know What You Mingus"—a sly ...
"I Know What You Mingus"—a sly play on words—is a modern mainstream swing vamp, extended with alternating tempos and Beckenstein's gutsy soul-drenched solo spot as drummer Lee Pearson takes the band towards the finale with a sweeping polyrhythmic breakaway.
Personnel: Jay Beckenstein: saxophones; Tom Schuman: keyboards; Julio Fernandez: guitars; Scott Ambush: bass; Lee Pearson: drums & percussion.
One thing is sure: The jazz ...
One thing is sure: The jazz fans who make their way down to the Port of Eilat next week are in for a vibrant, dynamic, high-energy and high-spirited time with Smith and his trio of guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Lee Pearson.