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Going through my computer files I just rediscovered this video I shot at the sax workshop James Carter gave in April of 2015 at Sax-On in Barcelona. Sax-On is the pre-eminent Woodwind emporium and Taller (Luthier/Repair shop) in all of Spain, most likely the entire Iberian Peninsula, as well as the south of France. The original owner, Diego Antoinio Chono Gonzalez, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and a graduate of the Conservatory there and educated as well in insturment repair opened his original shop, el Taller del Viento (Wind Workshop, in Spanish) back around 2005. I found out about him from some saxophonists I saw leaving a gig and have been a loyal customer ever since. Back in 2013, along with his new partner Miquel Fernandez, a native of Pamplona, Spain, and a cum laude graduate of Berklee in Boston (were he studied with George Garzone, among others), they opened the totally new Sax-On in a different and better location. Both Diego and Miguel are a pleasure to deal with because "son tan majos los dos". That's a Spanish expression that means they are both such nice people.. Their store and repair shop sets the standard for what a sax, clarinet, flute, accessory store and repair service should be IMHO.

Since the very beginning of Sax-On, at their grand opening, where they had a number of local professionals to give a mini concert, they have gone out of their way to help the woodwind playing public learn from hearing and talking with true professionals of the music world. They have done this through frequent one day Workshops and Master Classes with many of the pros who have come to play in Barcelona. I have been to hear and learn from the likes of Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Charles McPherson, Ernie Watts, Jessie Davis, Kenny Garret, and James Carter, just to name a few. As a friend of both Miguel and Diego I have often assisted with translating for the public and the performer when there was a language barrier. In that way I got to meet and chat with all of those wonderful gentlemen whose music I admire so much.

So here for your enjoyment is one of the videos I shot at James Carter's class, mini concert. I think you will agree with me that his playing on both Tenor and soprano answers the question of a recent thread of Which Player Moves You Greatly, because it sure did me both then and now reliving it here on video.

Enjoy, JIA

 

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Thanks for posting this, what a great opportunity you had there! Interesting to hear these stories as I've seen him live many times but he doesn't talk much on the bandstand... And I agree that he's inspiring. I was surprised nobody else had mentioned him over in that other thread in the three pages of posts before mine.
 

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Fantastic...nuts! What is he having for breakfast. So much power and skills.
Thanks for sharing!
 

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Thanks for sharing that. I've seen him twice, and, even though I think he overdoes the technical ****ing, he's an absolute beast. I'll go to every gig I can.
 

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Things are really swingin’ in Spain! Thanks for sharing your vid. and experience.
 

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Thanks for sharing that. I've seen him twice, and, even though I think he overdoes the technical ****ing, he's an absolute beast. I'll go to every gig I can.
I've seen him many times and every time I go I hear things I've never heard before. It's amazing and keeps me coming back!
 

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I've seen him many times and every time I go I hear things I've never heard before. It's amazing and keeps me coming back!
What was really instructive as I recall it was when he demonstrated how he can play any genre on his Lawton mpc. Now that was instructive that you don't need a classical piece to play classical music nor a R&R piece to play that music. Of course maybe what you need to have is James Carter Chops to do it, as most of us don't seem to get that far along.

And yeah, whatever diet he is on sure packs energy. The guy practically bounced around the place.
 

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I've always thought it would be interesting for someone like him to do a demonstration by just picking up random horn/mpc/reed setups and see what it sounds like. My guess at least for Carter is we wouldn't perceive much difference in his sound...
 

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I've always thought it would be interesting for someone like him to do a demonstration by just picking up random horn/mpc/reed setups and see what it sounds like. My guess at least for Carter is we wouldn't perceive much difference in his sound...
The first time I saw him he did pretty much that. It was at a Detroit area sax shop and he wanted to try my SDA. Of course I said yes, and he grabbed a mpc only slightly less than randomly out of a tupperware box, slapped a reed on it and just tore. It was mind-bending... so much for that BS about "you can't push an SDA". Oh, and at the time the horn was full of leaks, one pad was literally falling out of its cup, and he was still able to get the quietest whisper down to low Bb.

The guy could make Joe the Butcher's work sound good.
 

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The first time I saw him he did pretty much that. It was at a Detroit area sax shop and he wanted to try my SDA. Of course I said yes, and he grabbed a mpc only slightly less than randomly out of a tupperware box, slapped a reed on it and just tore. It was mind-bending... so much for that BS about "you can't push an SDA".

The guy could make Joe the Butcher's work sound good.
Man, I would say that was impossible judging by one I saw on sale last week. I was going to post it on the forum in the Ebay thread but decided not to lest it cause heart attacks or send people running in panic saying that the shy is falling. OMG it was the ugliest thing I ever saw, a Metalite selling for $150 !!!! and it looked like a what a back alley abortion must be. Gruesome.
 

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The first time I saw him he did pretty much that. It was at a Detroit area sax shop and he wanted to try my SDA. Of course I said yes, and he grabbed a mpc only slightly less than randomly out of a tupperware box, slapped a reed on it and just tore. It was mind-bending... so much for that BS about "you can't push an SDA". Oh, and at the time the horn was full of leaks, one pad was literally falling out of its cup, and he was still able to get the quietest whisper down to low Bb.

The guy could make Joe the Butcher's work sound good.
Great story, thanks!
 
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