The Duane Carter Band
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The Duane Carter Band

Round Rock, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | INDIE

Round Rock, Texas, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2007
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"Smooth Latin Jazz"

"Smooth Jazz/R&B artist Duane Carter's Debut CD Boundless treats the listener to a fresh new collection of modern, hip smooth jazz grooves, tinged with elements of R&B and latin funk. Duane really brings his music to life... the musicianship on the album is amazing... jazz at its finest."

Chris Green - Jazz Scene Magazine - Jazz Scene Magazine


"Smooth Latin Jazz"

"Smooth Jazz/R&B artist Duane Carter's Debut CD Boundless treats the listener to a fresh new collection of modern, hip smooth jazz grooves, tinged with elements of R&B and latin funk. Duane really brings his music to life... the musicianship on the album is amazing... jazz at its finest."

Chris Green - Jazz Scene Magazine - Jazz Scene Magazine


"Never Say Never"

“Never Say Never” – the new cd from the Austin-based Duane Carter Band – is a ten-song tour through the worlds of jazz … and beyond. Mixing the traditional sounds of jazz with distinct Latino twists at times, the album is lively and very listenable.

“Afternoon in Laguna” sets the pace with sparkling trumpet and piano duets and nimble percussion and drum touches. Much like “Southern Cali Summer,” you find yourself driving with the top down along Highway One through Malibu as the sun slowly slides into the West. “Southern Cali Summer” also symbolizes the family roots of the Duane Carter Band. Lauren, daughter of percussionist Fito Kahn, and Darin, son of trumpeter Duane Carter, enhance the band’s sound with soulful vocals and spoken word, respectively.

“Estrelas Pretas (Black Stars)” and “Playa Amador” show this ain’t your average jazz band. Latino-flavored percussion fuses finely with bouncy trumpet rhythms in the first song while there is a definite Caribbean feel to “Playa Amador.” Fito’s playful percussion melodies in “You’re Right as Rain” complement daughter Lauren’s lilting vocals.

“Never Say Never” – the album’s title song – sets up a wonderful jazz bop between Duane’s smooth trumpet and Steve Sargent’s deft drumming that leads to the melding of a dreamy guitar solo by Eric Calistri and call & response between guitar and Dewayne Morris’ bass. Guest saxophonist Gary Bias and Duane deliver great solos in “Saint-Hood.” The album’s mellow feel culminates in “Just Take My Hand” when a four person string section joins the band to tie this recording up quite nicely.

Give “Never Say Never” a listen – you’ll be back for more.

- Bob Kinney


"Never Say Never"

“Never Say Never” – the new cd from the Austin-based Duane Carter Band – is a ten-song tour through the worlds of jazz … and beyond. Mixing the traditional sounds of jazz with distinct Latino twists at times, the album is lively and very listenable.

“Afternoon in Laguna” sets the pace with sparkling trumpet and piano duets and nimble percussion and drum touches. Much like “Southern Cali Summer,” you find yourself driving with the top down along Highway One through Malibu as the sun slowly slides into the West. “Southern Cali Summer” also symbolizes the family roots of the Duane Carter Band. Lauren, daughter of percussionist Fito Kahn, and Darin, son of trumpeter Duane Carter, enhance the band’s sound with soulful vocals and spoken word, respectively.

“Estrelas Pretas (Black Stars)” and “Playa Amador” show this ain’t your average jazz band. Latino-flavored percussion fuses finely with bouncy trumpet rhythms in the first song while there is a definite Caribbean feel to “Playa Amador.” Fito’s playful percussion melodies in “You’re Right as Rain” complement daughter Lauren’s lilting vocals.

“Never Say Never” – the album’s title song – sets up a wonderful jazz bop between Duane’s smooth trumpet and Steve Sargent’s deft drumming that leads to the melding of a dreamy guitar solo by Eric Calistri and call & response between guitar and Dewayne Morris’ bass. Guest saxophonist Gary Bias and Duane deliver great solos in “Saint-Hood.” The album’s mellow feel culminates in “Just Take My Hand” when a four person string section joins the band to tie this recording up quite nicely.

Give “Never Say Never” a listen – you’ll be back for more.

- Bob Kinney


"Never Say Never"

Trumpet/flugelhorn phenom Duane Carter has some amazing credits, dating back to his music training at South Central L.A.’s Locke High, where world-class instructors sent him away with the same education that has spawned talent like Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, “Ndugu” Leon Chancellor, and EW&F sax man Gary Bias. Then there are the continuing jazz and classical studies, ten years with the U.S. Army Band, BA and MA degrees, plus numerous awards for his compositions, arrangements, and sound designs. All of this history factors into what is a truly remarkable collection of multi-hued textures and sounds on NEVER SAY NEVER, Mr. Carter’s second solo release. He doesn’t like to pigeon-hole, and his penchant for musical diversity shines brightly here, with sounds ranging from funk to samba, rap to salsa, and even a touch of ambient. Duane speaks eloquently of his music, as he states, “I’m about music that speaks to the soul… to represent some of the experiences I have encountered during my journey through life, like musical landmarks.” NEVER SAY NEVER offers a decidedly organic sound, with jazz underpinnings clearly in evidence on every track, and a consistency of performance from the Austin, Texas resident and his band that ties this album together beautifully as a whole. Duane Carter’s NEVER SAY NEVER compels me to want to hear a lot more from this talented horn player! - Scott O'Brien - Smoothjazz.com


"Never Say Never"

Trumpet/flugelhorn phenom Duane Carter has some amazing credits, dating back to his music training at South Central L.A.’s Locke High, where world-class instructors sent him away with the same education that has spawned talent like Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, “Ndugu” Leon Chancellor, and EW&F sax man Gary Bias. Then there are the continuing jazz and classical studies, ten years with the U.S. Army Band, BA and MA degrees, plus numerous awards for his compositions, arrangements, and sound designs. All of this history factors into what is a truly remarkable collection of multi-hued textures and sounds on NEVER SAY NEVER, Mr. Carter’s second solo release. He doesn’t like to pigeon-hole, and his penchant for musical diversity shines brightly here, with sounds ranging from funk to samba, rap to salsa, and even a touch of ambient. Duane speaks eloquently of his music, as he states, “I’m about music that speaks to the soul… to represent some of the experiences I have encountered during my journey through life, like musical landmarks.” NEVER SAY NEVER offers a decidedly organic sound, with jazz underpinnings clearly in evidence on every track, and a consistency of performance from the Austin, Texas resident and his band that ties this album together beautifully as a whole. Duane Carter’s NEVER SAY NEVER compels me to want to hear a lot more from this talented horn player! - Scott O'Brien - Smoothjazz.com


Discography

Duane Carter, "Never Say Never"
Duane Carter, "Boundless"
John Thomas, Crack in the Mirror
Pro2Call, Second Mile
Nightfire Orchestra, Pillar of Fire

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Jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger Duane Carter comes from Los Angeles, California. He is a product of Locke High School in South Central L.A. from which sprung such talent as Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, Ndugu Leon Chancellor, Gary Bias, and many others who have excelled and are working professionally in the music business.

Duane has studied with jazz greats Bobby Bryant, Sr. and Oscar Brashear, as well as with studio trumpeter Uan Rasey and classical professional John Moots. While freelancing and leading his own groups around the L.A. area, he earned a B.A. in music performance from California State University, Los Angeles. Duane then became a featured soloist, composer and arranger while serving in the Army. After 10 years of service in the Army Band, Duane earned a Master of Arts Degree from California State University, San Bernardino in Interdisciplinary Studies - Music, Theatre, and English - focusing on writing for musical theatre. He received several awards for his compositions, arrangements, and sound designs while first a student then a faculty member at CSUSB.

In 2003 Duane recorded his first CD, Boundless. The CD is a mixture of styles that reflect Duanes many influences, from Bob Marley to Miles Davis. Duane calls it, Smooth Jazz with an edge. That edge being a twist of Latin, a splash of reggae, and a generous helping of funk.

Later that year Duane and his wife, independent filmmaker Michelle Carter, relocated to Austin, Texas. After hearing Duane at a private function, independent record company owner Fito Kahn invited Duane to record under his label, ISMS Records. The result is Duanes new CD entitled Never Say Never.

Though this CD continues to draw upon his broad eclectic taste, Duane insists that, this CD is quite different from the last one. I would say I stretched the boundaries even farther than before. This is quite evident as you travel from one end of this recording to the other - funk, samba, rap, salsa, r & b, ambient. Im not one to pigeonhole; Im about music that speaks to the soul. I wanted the music on this CD to represent some of the experiences I have encountered during my journey through life, like musical landmarks.

Credits: Duane is joined on Never Say Never by his working band, Eric Calistri Guitar, Dewayne D-Rock Morris Bass, Fito Kahn Percussion, and Steve Sargent Drums. Special guest include: Earth, Wind & Fire saxophonist Gary Bias, vocalist Lauren Kahn, urban poet Darin Carter, Los Gallos guitarist Rick Lugo, pianists Kit Holmes, Thomas Mann, and Gerardo Larios, timbalero Andrs Telles, and the Barton Strings.

Performances: Duane has shared the stage with such notables as Gerald Wilson, Oliver Nelson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Smith, Jeff Clayton, Bobby Shew, Justo Almario, Gerald Albright, Patrice Rushen, Gary Bias, Nate Morgan, Wayne Vaughn, Bill Churchville, Joshua Spiegelman, Daniel LeMelle, and John Lewis. He has performed as a member of The Creative Arts Ensemble, Tibor Molnar's Sevensemble, Nate Morgan's Ujaama Ensemble, the Nightfire Orchestra, Pro2Call, John Thomas Band, and the J-Love Band.