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Jazz Album of the Day: Paul Carr – B3 Sessions (DC-NY)

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The jazz album of the day is B3 Sessions (DC-NY) from tenor saxophonist Paul Carr. The album was released in back in August onB3 Sessions the Blue House Production label and is a combination of two live sessions. One of the sessions was held at the Blue House Productions’s recording studion in Maryland and the other at Avatar Studios in New York. The album had risen on the JazzWeek chart and on the latest chart the album is #9!

Paul Carr was born and raised in Texas where his musical journey started, studying and playing with local artists like saxophonists Don Wilkerson, Arnett Cobb, and educator Conrad Johnson. His college education began with a full two-year scholarship to Texas Southern University and ended with a degree in music performance from Howard University in Washington D.C. Since then Carr has been a mainstay of the Washington Jazz scene playing venues…

including Blues Alley, Twins Jazz, Takoma Station, and the now-defunct (but once vibrant) One Step Down. Carr has been a repeat performer at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s jazz series.

Like many jazz musicians Carr is also an educator who after twenty years of privately teaching founded….

the Jazz Academy of Music, Inc, a 501 C-3 non-profit corporation dedicated to “advancing and preserving jazz through jazz education” via year-round workshops and a summer camp where Carr and a staff of local musicians teach high school students the principles of improvisation, small group, and big band playing. His students have been selected for local, state, and national jazz groups including the Maryland All-State Jazz Ensemble, the IAJE Clifford Brown Fellows, and Grammy National High School Honors Jazz Ensemble. Three of Carr’s students have been accepted to the prestigious Juilliard jazz program in that program’s short history and several others have been admitted to The New England Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the New School. Read More

From the title you may have guessed that the album finds Carr’s tenor sax joining with the traditional organ trio format of B3 guitar XE0U7468and drums. From Blue House Productions……

Many of the tunes feature the sax and guitar in perfect unison on some pretty intricate lines. Carr’s own bluesy “B3” showcases the unison sax/guitar to great effect when alternating the angular melody with killer organ exchanges. There is the latin flavored Dorothy that after a percussive beginning breaks into a huge wall of sound with the organ, guitar and sax all hitting huge chords that will surely blow the listener away. The greasy, strutting groove of Sunshine Alley is a great example of where Jazz and funk meet into something that moves your feet while keeping your ears and brain engaged. Whether he’s in uptempo or ballad mode Carr’s solos showcase his sweet and sour, inside/outside improvisation that’s always fresh while still faithful to his hard bop and straight ahead roots. Read More

Here’s the musician line-up for the album

DC:
Paul Carr – Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Floyd – Organ
Bobby Broom – Guitar
Sam Turner – Percussion
Byron Landham – Drums

New York:
Paul Carr – Tenor Saxophone
Pat Bianchi – Organ
Paul Bollenbeck – Guitar
Lewis Nash – Drums

Listening to this album has made for a pleasant Saturday morning, and given me a new B3 album to put in my collection!! In addition I know that I will be checking out some of Carr’s back catalog!!

Here’s a Spotify playlist with three tracks from the B3 Sessions…..