Chip Stern

James Carter has the potential for jazz greatness

”I keep my ears open,” horn man James Carter explains by way of offering insights into the source of his inspiration. ”I don’t just pay attention to saxophonists — I think that’s kind of narrow. It’s a natural process where I’ll [listen to all kinds of music], weed out what I don’t really need, pick up on particular elements, and play with them until I refine them. So my choices are infinite.”

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