JOSEPH CARTER III
"When composing, you try to maintain relations wihtin the piece on many levels. You should not stay attached to certain things that you get emotionally involved in... I´m interested in tonal and non-tonal approaches: Muddy Waters and Edgard Varèse! Perfect for a record company — NOT! "
He started out replicating Jimi Hendrix´s guitar work note for note. Then he immersed himself in jazz and studied with Joe Pass, Joe Diorio, Tal Farlow, Jim Hall, and other greats. Then he studied 20th century music, got an MA in composition, and followed different musical paths...
Whichever style he plays in, Joe Carter III´s jaw-dropping technique is at the service of the music. He coaxes juicy, bluesy parts in soul-jazz, excels at the solo-guitar stylings of Joe Pass, or composes and performs adventurously intricate yet harmonious music with his trio.
Carter combines many recent musical influences into an exciting form that he dubs "the music of the near-future." He plays a D´Aquisto Centura made for him by his friend, America´s most celebrated luthier, the late James L. D´Aquisto.
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Find out more about Joe Carter in the book UNCOMMON SOUND.