John Carter: Dauwhe

Track

Dauwhe

Group

The John Carter Octet

CD

Dauwhe (Black Saint 0057 )

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Musicians:

John Carter (clarinet), Red Callender (tuba), Bobby Bradford (cornet), James Newton (flute, bass flute),

Charles Owens (clarinet), Roberto Miranda (bass), William Jeffery (drums), Luis Peralta (waterphone, percussion)

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Composed by John Carter

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Recorded: Los Angeles, CA; February, 1982

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Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

John Carter’s masterwork, the five-volume Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music, traces the evolution of contemporary urban music through the history of African-Americans and the legacy of slavery. Carter names “Dauwhe,” the title track of the first volume, for an ancient African goddess of happiness; the dedication is loving, but the music rings ominous. The ensemble blends are striking—with the purr of bowed bass and tuba; and clash of cornet and flute—not to mention the eerie ambience of Peralta’s scraped waterphone, and the leader’s shrieking clarinet. Miranda and Jeffery hurtle along with a free-bop swing that suggests the influence of Ornette Coleman, Carter’s childhood friend in Fort Worth.

Reviewer: Joe Petrucelli

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