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Carter String Trio, Kent: The Willisau Suites (Emanem)

Kent Carter (double bass) leads Carl Zingaro (violin) and Francois Dreno (viola) in a string trio with touches of classical chamber, jazz, and European folk music. Albrecht Maurer (violin) and Emmanuelle Roch (viola) later join Carter in two pieces.

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product information:

UPC: 5030243410521

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4105
Squidco Product Code: 18295

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in studio in SW France in March 1984 by Christian Tarrade and in Summer 1997 by Kent Carter.


Kent Carter-doublebass

Carl Zingaro-violin

Francois Dreno-viola

Albrecht Maurer-violin

Emmanuelle Roch-viola

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Artist Biographies:

"Kent Carter (born June 14, 1939 in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. Carter studied several instruments before settling on bass. In the late 50s-early 60s, he studied at Berklee College Of Music, played with Lowell Davidson, and in New York with Jazz Composers Orchestra. From the mid-60s he was in Europe with artists including as Barry Altschul, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Carla Bley, Paul Bley, Bobby Bradford, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Michael Mantler, Enrico Rava, Max Roach, Roswell Rudd and Mal Waldron. During the 70s he continued his association with Lacy, was with John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble, TOK, a trio with Takashi Kako and Oliver Johnson, and formed his own trio with Carlos Zingaro and François Dreno.

By the 80s, Carter had relocated to France, teaching at the Beaux Art School, Angouleme, and with his wife forming MAD, a music, arts and dance studio. He worked in Detail, with Frode Gjerstad and Stevens, Project, with Karl Berger, Claude Bernard, Klaus Kugel, Charlie Mariano and Albrecht Maurer, and Voyage, with Beñat Achiary and David Holmes. Carter has also played with Billy Bang, Petras Vysniauskas, Theo Jorgensmann, Andreas Willers and Eckard Koltermann. Carter composes for theatre and film, and performs internationally."

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track listing:

1. Dance Suite 8:42

2. Dialogue For Violin And Viola 4:07

3. Hungarian Fantasy 4:53

4. Violin 5:54

5. Dance Music Image Suite 7:10

6. Our Waltz 5:37

7. Willisau Suite #1 13:20

8. Broken Clusters 3:23

9. A Ballad 4:52
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"KENT CARTER's String Trio, with CARLOS ZINGARO on violin, FRANÇOIS DRENO on viola and the leader on double bass, somehow managed to sound like a classical chamber trio, a jazz group, and a European folk band simultaneously. Their unique niche features magnificent improvisations framed by Carter's strong compositions. There are also two short duo improvisations, and two short pieces by a later trio with ALBRECHT MAURER on violin and EMMANUELLE ROCH on viola. Edited reissue of ITM 970077 with extra material."-Emanem

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