Title - Introducing Kendall Carter
Artist - Kendall Carter
For those not in the know, Kendall Carter is a Louisville, KY native who began playing the piano at the age of 4.
Being reared in the church, helped develop him into the consummate musician he is today.
He is a graduate of the University of Louisville, Jamey Aebersold Studies Jazz Program where he received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance and his Master of Music in Composition and Arranging.
While at UofL he studied composition & arranging with Dr. Gabriel Evens, John LaBarbera, and Dr. Allison Ogden; and piano with Chris Fitzgerald & Jim Connerley.
During his collegiate studies and since, he has had the opportunity to perform with Tim Warfield, Carl Allen, Dave Stryker, Carmen Bradford, Greg Abate & many others.
As an educator he provides private lessons, masterclasses, and can be seen every summer on faculty at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop. He endorses and is a Hammond Artist, primarily using the Hammond Sk-2 and A100 model organs.
As a performer he can be seen regularly working with the Jamey Aebersold Quartet, the Marlin McKay Group, and performing weekly solo piano and organ trio gigs in Louisville.
Furthermore, he still is active in his local church as the Minister of Music there at The Greater Faith Church of Deliverance; where he has produced their first single entitled Dont Worry, Just Worship!
Kendalls brand new solo debut album, aptly entitled Introducing Kendall Carter (out now via Lladnek Music) is a collection of 11 tracks, (two featuring both Dave Stryker and Kenny Phelps) and flows through many of his influences; which are all lovingly reflected in his performance style.
Included are standards such as Afro Blue, Blame It on the Boogie, and Bill Withers Lovely Day, and Kendall also contributes Punjabi Affair, an original tune with a mid-tempo groove.
Indeed, the album concludes with the swinging Blues for Kendall, an original by Stryker that serves as a wonderful showcase for the talents of the young organist.
1. Blame It on the Boogie
2. Afro Blue
3. Lovely Day
4. Short Story
8. The Masquerade Is Over
9. Punjabi Affair
10. Thats All
11. Blues For Kendall
Opening on the lushly-orchestrated, melodically funky tones of Blame It on the Boogie and the gently fervent Afro Blue, next up is the finger-snapping Lovely Day, the magnificently vibrant Short Story (featuring Dave Stryker & Kenny Phelps), and then we get the laid back, almost comatose ambiance of Lawns and the joyous Speedball (once again, featuring Dave Stryker & Kenny Phelps).
Next up is the soft shuffle of Beatrice and the mid-tempo The Masquerade Is Over, which are in turn followed by the gently perky Punjabi Affair, the deeply seated Thats All, with the album coming to a close on the highly melodious Blues for Kendall.
Kendall Carter - Lovely Day (Official Video)
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