John Carter & Bobby Bradford

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John Carter & Bobby Bradford

John Carter & Bobby Bradford

John Carter & Bobby Bradford

Label: Mosaic Select
Media: CD
Genre: Jazz

This box celebrates one of the best, and most seriously underrated, musical partnerships of the postmodern era. Both John Carter and Bobby Bradford were Texans who relocated to Los Angeles, and both worked early on with Ornette Coleman (Carter back in Fort Worth in the late 40s, in fact). The group they co-led in the 60s and early 70s made two LPs for the Revelation label and two for Flying Dutchman. This set is devoted to the Revelation material, and presents previously unheard music from the time of the LP sessions along with a stunning, never-before-released audiophile record- ing made in 1979 (at Westlake Studios, where Stevie Wonder recorded Innervisions a few years earlier). This consists of two solo tracks and three incredible pieces on which Carter’s clarinet and Bradford’s trumpet seem to explore every sort of duo playing imaginable, in turn challenging, supporting, complementing, and anticipating one another. As two later live records in this same vein are held in particularly high esteem, this session will be warmly received. Many listeners will be even happier with the four extra tracks recorded at the time of the 1969 freebop masterpiece Seeking, but really the whole package is great from the first note to the last. 

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