JOHN CARTER DISCOGRAPHY



Bob Davenport



The following represents an attempt to expand on the list provided on Matt Snyder and Michael Fitzgerald's web site The Clarinet in Jazz since 1945: A Selected Discography (apparently no longer online), to which I am grateful for my starting point. Variations in the amount of detail provided reflect variations in my sources. Corrections and additions will be welcome at

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John Carter


born 24 September 1929, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
died 31 March 1991, Inglewood, California, USA



John Carter & Bobby Bradford Quartet / Horace Tapscott Quintet: West Coast Hot (Novus 3107-2-N)

John Carter – alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
Tom Williamson – bass
Bruz Freeman – drums
  • Call to the Festival – 9:30
  • Second Set – 8:42
  • Woman – 7:10
  • Abstractions for Three Lovers – 6:39
    (plus four tracks by Tapscott group without Carter)
Recorded live in Los Angeles, 3 January 1969






John Carter and Bobby Bradford's New Art Jazz Ensemble: Seeking (Revelation 9; hat Art 6085)


John Carter – alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
Tom Williamson – bass
Bruz Freeman – drums
  • In the Vineyard (John Carter) – 10:26
  • Karen on Monday (John Carter) – 6:48
  • Sticks and Stones (John Carter) – 6:14
  • The Village Dancers (John Carter) – 8:47
  • Seeking (John Carter) – 6:29
  • Song for the Unsung (Bobby Bradford) – 7:57
Recorded Los Angeles, 16 January 1969






John Carter & Bobby Bradford: Flight for Four (Flying Dutchman 108)

John Carter – alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
Tom Williamson – bass
Bruz Freeman – drums
  • Call to the Festival – 9:30
  • The Second Set – 8:42
  • Woman – 7:10
  • Abstractions for Three Lovers – 6:39
  • Domino – 7:57
Recorded Los Angeles, 1 January 1969






John Carter & Bobby Bradford: Self-Determination Music (Flying Dutchman 128)

John Carter – alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
Tom Williamson (?) – bass
Bruz Freeman (?) – drums
  • The Sunday Afternoon Jazz Blues Society – 5:50
  • The Eye of the Storm – 15:21
  • Loneliness – 9:10
  • Encounter – 13:27
Recorded 1969–70






John Carter & Bobby Bradford: Secrets (Revelation 18)

Bobby Bradford– trumpet
John Carter – clarinet
Nate Morgan – piano
Louis Spears – bass
Ndugu (Leon Chandler) – drums
  • Rosevita's Dance (Bobby Bradford) – 5:50
  • Ballad (Bobby Bradford – 12:15
  • In a Pretty Place (John Carter) – 10:45
Recorded Herrick Chapel Lounge, Occidental College, Los Angeles, 4 April 1972

Bobby Bradford– trumpet
John Carter – clarinet
Bill Henderson – piano
Henry Franklin – bass
Bruz Freeman – drums
  • Circle (John Carter) – 8:20
Recorded Herrick Chapel Lounge, Occidental College, Los Angeles, 9 November 1971





John Carter: Echoes from Rudolph's (Ibedon 1000)

John Carter – clarinet, soprano saxophone
Stanley Carter – acoustic/electric bass
William Jeffrey – drums
Melba Joyce – vocal (one track)
Chris Carter – finger cymbals (on vocal track)
  • Echoes From Rudolph's – 10:30
  • To A Fallen Poppy – 6:24
  • Angles – 6:15
  • Amin – 10:07
  • The Last Sunday – 5:25
Recorded Los Angeles, 6 September 1976 and 14 July 1977






Vinny Golia: Spirits in Fellowship (Nine Winds 101)

Vinny Golia – reeds
John Carter – clarinet
Roberto Miranda – bass
Alex Cline – drums
  • Anger (The Transmutation of Negative Energy to Positive) – 10:45
  • The Human Beings (Dedicated to Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and the American Indian) – 9:35
  • Sequence (The Battle of Nature vs. Machine) – 7:40
  • Sky King ('The Warm Up') – 8:35
  • Haiku (To Say More With Less) – 7:30
Recorded Venice, Cal., October 1977






Andrea Centazzo, US Concerts West (New Tone 5028-2)

Vinny Golia – reeds
John Carter – clarinet
Andrea Centazzo – drums
  • Improvviso IV – 26:24
    (plus a December 1978 track by Andrea Centazzo and Gregg Goodman (piano))
Recorded at KPFK, Los Angeles, 16 July 1979








Tim Berne: The Five Year Plan (Empire 24K; reissued in the five-CD set Empire Box, Screwgun 700095)

Tim Berne – alto saxophone
John Carter – clarinet
Glenn Ferris – trombone
Vinny Golia – baritone saxophone, flute
Roberto Miranda – bass
Alex Cline – percussion
  • A. K. Wadud (For Abdul Wadud) (Tim Berne) – 13:55
  • N. Y. C. Rites (Tim Berne) – 14:35
    (plus two tracks on which Carter does not appear)
Recorded in Melnitz Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, 25 April 1979






Andrea Centazzo, The New US Concerts (Ictus 12; also appears on Ictus Records' 30th Anniversary Collection, Ictus 500)

John Carter – clarinet
Vinny Golia – reeds
Andrea Centazzo – percussion
  • Trio West #1 – 10:42
  • Trio West #2 – 8:13
    (plus other tracks on which Carter does not appear)
Recorded at KPFK Los Angeles, 16 July 1979






John Carter: Variations on Selected Themes for Jazz Quintet (Moers 2084)

John Carter – clarinet
Bob Stewart – tuba
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
James Newton – flute
Phillip Wilson – drums
  • B.L.'s Delight – 13:55
  • Echoes from Harlem – 7:25
  • Woodman's Hall Blues – 7:28
  • Petals – 7:21
  • And She Speaks – 7:21
Recorded at Studio 57, Düsseldorf, Germany, 15 August 1979






John Carter: A Suite of Early American Folk Pieces for Clarinet (Moers 2086)

John Carter – clarinet
  • Fast Fannies Cakewalk – 9:30
  • Johnetta's Night Song – 6:20
  • Star Bright – 3:27
  • Buddy Red, Doing The Funky Butt – 6:38
  • Earnestines Dilema – 6:27
  • A Country Blues – 6:00
Recorded at Studio 57, Düsseldorf, Germany, 16 August 1979






John Carter & Bobby Bradford: Tandem 2 (Emanem 4012)

John Carter – clarinet
Bobby Bradford – cornet
  • Tandem (John Carter) – 12:33
  • And She Speaks (John Carter) – 7:19
  • Les Masses Jigaboo (John Carter) – clarinet solo – 6:27
  • Woman (Bobby Bradford) – cornet solo – 7:47
  • Echoes from Rudolph's (John Carter) – clarinet solo – 5:39
  • Woodman's Hall Blues (John Carter) – 9:12
Recorded Schoenberg Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, 20 October 1979
  • Sweet Sunset (John Carter) – 7:42
  • Swiss Account (John Carter) – clarinet solo – 8:05
Recorded Piedmont Center for the Arts, Worcester, Mass., 30 April 1982






Clarinet Summit, You Better Fly Away (MPS 68251)

Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky – flute, clarinet (leader)
John Carter – clarinet
Theo Jorgensmann – clarinet
Perry Robinson – clarinet
Bernd Konrad – clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Gianluigi Trovesi – bass clarinet
Eje Thelin – trombone
Didier Lockwood – violin
Stan Tracey – piano
Jean-Francois Jenny Clark – bass
Kai Kanthak – bass
Aldo Romano – drums
Gunter 'Baby' Sommer – drums
  • You Better Fly Away (Bernd Konrad) – 5:58
  • Piccolo Processione (Gianluigi Trovesi) – 4:56
  • Handwork (Bernd Konrad) – 3:28
  • Tale of the Trolls (Perry Robinson) – 7:33
  • Scene from the Black Forest (John Carter) – 10:40
  • Das Ding (The Thing) (Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky) – 6:20
Recorded at the New Jazz Meeting, Baden-Baden, Germany, 26–30 November 1979





James Newton: The Mystery School (India Navigation 1046)

James Newton – flute
John Carter – clarinet
John Nunez – bassoon
Charles Owen – oboe, English horn
Red Callender – tuba
  • The Wake (In Memory of Dr Howard Swanson) (James Newton) – 17:47
  • Central Ave (James Newton) – 5:35
  • Past Spirits (James Newton) – 12:11
Recorded March 1980






John Carter: Night Fire (Black Saint 120047)

John Carter – clarinet
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
James Newton – flute
Roberto Miranda – bass
William Jeffrey – percussion
  • Morning Bell – 8:02
  • Sweet Sunset – 7:51
  • Juba Stomp – 5:32
  • Buckin' – 7:18
  • Night Fire – an American Folk Suite – 10:50
Recorded in Barigozzi Studios, Milan, 10 – 11 November 1980





John Carter: Dauhwe (Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music # 1) (Black Saint 120057-2)

John Carter – clarinet
Bob Bradford – cornet
Red Callendar – tuba
James Newton – flute, bass flute
Charles Owens – soprano saxophone, oboe, clarinet
Roberto Miranda – string bass
William Jeffrey – drums
Luis Peralta – waterphone, precussion
  • Dauwhe (John Carter) – 12:07
  • Ode to the Flower Maiden (John Carter) – 7:52
  • Enter from the East(John Carter) – 1:57
  • Soft Dance (John Carter) – 6:18
  • The Mating Ritual (John Carter) – 7:04
Recorded at The Music Lab, Los Angeles, 25 and 28 February and 8 March 1982





Vinny Golia: Compositions for Large Ensemble (Nine Winds 110)

Vinny Golia – soprano and baritone saxophone, contrabass clarinet
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
John Fumo – trumpet
John Rapson – trombone
Michael Vlakovitch – trombone
Doug Wintz – trombone
Tim Berne – alto saxophone
Wynell Montgomery – tenor saxophone
John Carter – clarinet
Rickey Kelly – vibraphone, marimba
Wayne Peet – piano
Roberto Miranda – bass
Eric von Essen – bass
Alex Cline – percussion
  • Im Equas (Dedicated to Sun Ra)
  • Paths
  • The Standing Pose
  • The Pale Crescent (Dedicated to Horace Tapscott)
  • Iki
  • Usanotrow (Cutting Water)
  • In the Mists
Recorded UCLA, Los Angeles, 14 March 1982






John Carter & Bobby Bradford: Tandem 1 (Emanem 4011)

John Carter – clarinet
Bobby Bradford – cornet
  • Tandem (John Carter) – 11:55
  • Petals (John Carter) – 10:05
  • Angles (John Carter) – clarinet solo – 5:12
  • Portrait of J.B.G. (Bobby Bradford) – cornet solo – 6:51
  • Circle (John Carter) – 8:32
  • Woodman's Hall Blues (John Carter) – 10:52
  • Woman (Bobby Bradford) – 6:34
  • Echoes from Rudolph's (John Carter) – clarinet solo 8:47
Recorded Piedmont Center for the Arts, Worcester, Mass., 30 April 1982






Clarinet Summit: In Concert at the Public Theater (India Navigation 1062)

Alvin Batiste – clarinet
John Carter – clarinet
Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet
David Murray – bass clarinet
  • Groovin' High (Dizzy Gillespie) – 2:33
  • The Jeep's Blues (Duke Ellington / Johhny Hodges) – 5:14
  • Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington / Barney Bigard) – 2:06
  • Night Mist Blue (Jimmy Hamilton) – 2:06
  • Waltz a Minute (Jimmy Hamilton) – 1:11
  • Creole Love Call (Duke Ellington) – 2:58
  • Honeysuckle Rose (Fats Waller) – 7:48
  • Sweet Lovely (David Murray) – 5:59
  • Sticks and Bones – 6:40
  • Solo and Ballad for Four Clarinets (John Carter) – 12:45
  • The Washington Square Park Episode – 6:52
  • Clariflavors (Alvin Batiste) – 17:01

The original two-LP issue also included 'Satin Doll' (Duke Ellington) and a solo introduction to 'Clariflavors' omitted from the CD.

Recorded New York, March 1982/3





John Lindberg: The East Side Suite (Sound Aspects 001)

John Lindberg – bass
John Carter – clarinet
Eric Watson – piano
  • The East Side Suite Part 1 – 19:45
  • The East Side Suite Part 2 – 22:10
Recorded 8 July 1983, the Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen, Nickelsdorf, Austria






James Newton: Water Mystery (Gramavision 8407)

James Newton – flute
John Carter – clarinet
Greg Martin – oboe
John Nunez – bassoon
Charles Owen – English horn, soprano saxophone
Red Callender – tuba
Alan Iwohara – koto
April Aoki – harp
Roberto Miguel Miranda – bass
Anthony Brown – percussion
  • Star-Crossed Lovers
  • Lone Hill
  • The Crips
  • Water Mystery
  • One for Strayhorn
  • Dance Steps
Recorded in Mad Hatter Studios, Hollywood, January 1985





John Carter: Castles of Ghana (Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music # 2) (Gramavision 79423)

John Carter – clarinet, vocals
Bobby Bradford – cornet
Baikida Carroll – trumpet, vocals
Benny Powell – trombone
Marty Ehrlich – bass clarinet, percussion
Terry Jenoure – violin, vocals
Richard Davis – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
  • Castles of Ghana – 13:22
  • Evening Prayer – 6:10
  • Conversations – 5:49
  • The Fallen Prince – 6:08
  • Theme of Desperation – 4:52
  • Capture – 11:19
  • Postlude – 0:40
Recorded Eras Studio, New York, November 1985








John Carter: Dance of the Love Ghosts (Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music # 3) (Gramavision 79424)

John Carter – clarinet
Bobby Bradford – cornet
Marty Ehrlich – reeds
Don Preston – synthesizer, electronics
Benny Powell – trombone and bass trombone
Terry Jenoure – violin and vocals
Fred Hopkins – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
Osei-Tutu Felix, Kwasi Badu, Osei Assibey William – percussion and vocals
  • Dance Of The Love Ghosts – 8:59
  • The Silent Drum – 9:54
  • Journey – 10:14
  • The Captain's Dilemma – 5:14
  • Moon Waltz – 7:04
Recorded Sorcerer Sound, New York, November 1986








Clarinet Summit: Southern Bells (Black Saint 120107)

Alvin Batiste – clarinet
John Carter – clarinet
Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet
David Murray – bass clarinet
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington / Bob Russell) – 1:27
  • Fluffy's Blues (Alvin Batiste) – 13:37
  • I Want to Talk About You (Billy Eckstine) – 5:15
  • Beat Box (Alvin Batiste) – 4:51
  • Southern Bells (John Carter) – 8:44
  • Perdido (Juan Tizol / Hans Lengsfelder / Ervin M. Drake) – 6: 23
  • Mbizo (David Murray) – 6:01
Recorded at Golden Thumb Records, Atlanta, Georgia, 29 March 1987






Gerry Hemingway: October Meeting 87 Part 2 (Bimhuis 002)

Herb Robertson – trumpet
Leo Smith – trumpet
Johannes Bauer – trombone
George Lewis – trombone
John Carter – clarinet
Michael Moore – clarinet
Anthony Braxton – sopranino saxophone
Louis Sclavis – soprano saxophone
Bruno Marini – baritone saxophone
Gerry Hemingway – drums
Han Bennink – drums
  • Second Line Ratoon (Gerry Hemingway) 36:55
    (plus other tracks with a different personnel, without Carter)
Recorded live during October Meeting 1987, Amsterdam, 16–24 October 1987






John Carter: Fields (Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music # 4) (Gramavision)

John Carter – clarinet
Bobby Bradford – cornet
Marty Ehrlich – bass clarinet, flute
Benny Powell – trombone
Don Preston – synthesizer, keyboards
Terry Jenoure – violin, vocals
Fred Hopkins – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
  • Ballad to Po' Ben – 10:21
  • Bootyreba at the Big House – 6:39
  • Juba's Run – 5:47
  • Seasons – 8:25
  • Fields – 20:41
  • Children of the Fields: At the Big Tree / Clouds / Shuckin' Corn – 2:59
  • On a Country Road – 6:49
Recorded March 1988








Bobby Bradford – John Carter Quintet: Comin' On (hat Art 6016)

John Carter – clarinet
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
Don Preston – keyboards and electronics
Richard Davis – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
  • Comin' On (Bobby Bradford) – 15:18
  • Ode To The Flower Maiden (John Carter) – 9:51
  • Encounter (John Carter) – 16:20
  • Sunday Afternoon Jazz Society Blues (John Carter) – 18:35
  • Room 408 (Bobby Bradford and John Carter) – 14:52
Recorded Hollywood, 29 May 1988






John Carter: Shadows on a Wall (Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music # 5) (Gramavision 79422)

John Carter – clarinet
Bob Bradford – trumpet
Marty Ehrlich – bass clarinet, flute
Terry Jenoure – violin, vocals
Benny Powell – trombone
Don Preston – keyboards and electronics
Fred Hopkins – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
Gospel musicians – Yes My Jesus Lives Singers: Rochelle Shorrs, Jache Simley, Michael Starr
Organ – Bill Marshall
  • Sippi Strut (John Carter) – 12:50
  • Spats (John Carter) – 8:48
  • City Streets (John Carter) – 7:31
  • And I Saw Them (John Carter) – 10:32
  • 52nd Street Stomp (John Carter) – 7:30
  • Hymn to Freedom (John Carter) – 6:10
Recorded at A&R Recording Studio, New York, April 1989







Richard Grossman: In the Air (Nine Winds 146)

Richard Grossman – piano
John Carter – clarinet
Vinny Golia – soprano and sopranino saxophones, bass clarinet
Ken Filiano – bass
Alex Cline – drums
  • Extra Hands – 10:45
  • A Hard Act to Follow – 17:27
  • Everything Else is Away – 33:39
  • Henny Youngman's Bird Imitation – 12:34

Recorded Santa Monica, 1 November and 2 December 1989




Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree 1 (hat Art 6053; reissued with The Dark Tree 2 on hatOLOGY 2-540)

Horace Tapscott – piano
John Carter – clarinet
Cecil McBee – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
  • The Dark Tree (Horace Tapscott) – 20:56
  • Sketches of Drunken Mary (Horace Tapscott) – 11:32
  • Lino's Pad (Horace Tapscott) – 16:46
  • One For Lately (Thurman Green) – 10:24
Recorded live at Catalina, Hollywood, 14–17 December 1989





Horace Tapscott: The Dark Tree 2 (hat Art 6083; reissued with The Dark Tree 1 on hatOLOGY 2-540)

Horace Tapscott – piano
John Carter – clarinet
Cecil McBee – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
  • Sandy and Niles (Horace Tapscott) – 11:17
  • Bavarian Mist (Michael Session) – 13:16
  • The Dark Tree 2 (Horace Tapscott) – 18:30
  • A Dress for Renee (Horace Tapscott) – 4:57
  • Naya's Theme (Horace Tapscott) – 19:44
Recorded live at Catalina, Hollywood, 14–17 December 1989





Horace Tapscott / various artists: Kimus #4 (hat Art 16004)

Horace Tapscott – piano
John Carter – clarinet
Cecil McBee – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
  • The Dark Tree (Horace Tapscott) – 22:48
Recorded live at Catalina, Hollywood, 15 December 1989
Kimus #4 was a limited-edition sampler from hat Art and also featured performances by other groups.







OTHER RECORDINGS


The following recordings from broadcasts etc. are known to exist:


The George Lewis Trio
George Lewis – trombone
John Carter – clarinet
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
  • Shadowgraph 5 (George Lewis) – 15:50
  • Player (George Lewis) – 12:47
Radio broadcast, 5 November 1978



The John Carter Trio
John Carter – clarinet
William Parker – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
  • [Unidentified] – 15:50
  • [Unidentified– 12:47
Recorded at Sweet Basil, New York, on 31 January 1985 as part of the 'Music is an Open Sky" series that ran through the mid-1980s.
Rick Lopez's William Parker sessionography lists a recording of this group playing 'Sticks and Stones' (29:38) at Sweet Basil on this date.



The John Carter Quintet
John Carter – clarinet
Bobby Bradford – trumpet
Craig Harris – piano
Fred Hopkins – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums
  • Announcement and Shedetude (Bobby Bradford) – 22:25
  • Announcement by John Carter – 1:11
  • Ode to the Flower Maiden (John Carter) – 9:54
  • Encounter (John Carter) – 21:09
  • Announcement – 0:41
Recorded at the Willisau Jazz Festival, Switzerland, 2 September 1989



My thanks to Andrea Gaggero for help and encouragement.



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