Earl Carter — Simplicity (Review)

The smooth and fluid work of Washington, DC, guitarist Earl Carter caught my attention about a dozen years ago with his No Frettin’ release, and it’s certainly nice to hear that his energy, Earl Carterflow, and creativity haven’t waned at all. Granted, on this latest release Simplicity, the artist performs an abundance of covers (something with which I am not usually impressed), but he offers such solid interpretations of them that it was hard to turn a deaf ear on the overall quality of the project.

Leading off with Slave’s “Just a Touch of Love" and spanning the spectrum of sounds from gospel to rock, Carter also does justice to such tunes as Hilsong’s “From the Inside Out," the late R&B legend Billy Stewart’s “Sitting In the Park," John Legend’s “Green Light," William Becton’s inspirational “Be Encouraged," and offers a scorching version of Prince’s classic “Purple Rain."

There are also notable original compositions here including two faves of mine: the mid-tempo, snappy, groove-rich “Tricky" and the reggae-laced “Up In the Hills."

Having worked with such artists as Regina Belle, Bobby Lyle, Freddie Jackson, Bob Baldwin, Marcus Johnson, and Angela Bofill, Carter has done a great job of pulling together all of those experiences as ingredients in a musical mixing bowl, creating a sound and style that’s delivered a proven comfort zone for him and his fans project after project. Here on Simplicity, he plants himself firmly in that zone and, once again, delivers.

– Ronald Jackson

Earl Carter - Welcome Back Carter (Review)

Welcome Back Carter
No Name Music

He’s a seriously hot player and one of the busiest Go-To guys in the Baltimore-D.C. music community. Earl's one of the few guitarists out there who perform on stage while switching between lead guitar and bass guitar. His fantastic, new project, WELCOME BACK CARTER, will show you exactly why Earl Carter is in such high demand!

This exceptional guitarist/bassist/saxophonist has done it again with his latest album and the leadoff single, Johnny Guitar Watson’s “A Real Mother for Ya." Earl describes this new release as “old school & hip hop Smooth Jazz," and it includes both compelling originals plus a few covers, including the iconic “Summertime" and Maxwell’s “Ascension."

As I mentioned in my 2007 review of his album MY PARADISE, Earl’s got the chops, he’s got the sound, he’s got the savvy." and WELCOME BACK CARTER will easily supercharge the momentum this exceptional talent has built over the years!


Earl Carter - Project X (Review)

Guitarist Earl Carter is well known in smooth jazz business. He already recorded with Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle, Jaared, Alyson Williams, Spike Lee, John Tillery and also performed with Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Mike Phillips, Freddie Jackson, Michael Lington and a lot more.

He regularly release solo albums as No Frettin' (2002), 495 (2005), My Paradise (2007) and this year Project X. After the first listen I was pleasantly surprised about the fresh and unadulterated sound. Earl is escorted by top-notch musicians as Dwayne Kingo Wellman (drums), DeAndre Minor (organ), Eric Marner (sax), Glenn Douglas (clavinet, keyboards), Milton GoGo Mickey Freeman (congas), Glen Arnett (keyboards), Robert Wright (drums), John Ford (bass) and some more. With this great impact you can't go wrong.

It's the intimate combination of electric guitar and bass with a strong organ line which makes The Village Pt 2 so outstanding. That could be a jam session in a small jazz club and when Eric Marner blows his tenor sax, this impression is complete.

On Believe In Dreams Glenn Douglas delivers full keyboard power and with the united forces Earl Carter's jazz guitar licks are unbeatable brilliant. Glenn, a native of Washington D. C., has performed and recorded with artists as Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Yolanda Adams, Al Green, Jean Carne, Eric Benet, Monica, Marcus Johnson, and Jr. Walker and the All-Stars.

Earl entitled the next track Cool One. And really the guitar tones slowly creep into your brain. Earl plays on this tune besides guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion. Dwayne's drums keep it groovin'.

On Strat World the drums are played by William Ju Ju House. In the 80's he was EU's funky heartbeat. Exotic keyboard chords are pulsing through X Factor while Earl keeps the melody and rhythm line.

The Urban Let It Go features singer Josh Stepherson who also performed Come With me on Earl's previous album My Paradise. Rhythm enhanced Tricky approaches the jam session lover.

This Love is an edgy rendition of the song by Maroon 5 from their hit album, Songs About Jane. The slow-tempo Foreplay gives you time for recreation and recovery. Eric Marner and Earl have a conspiratorial interaction.

The Craft showcases Glenn Douglas in an awesome keyboard solo. A precious support for guitarist Earl Carter. Underlining this realization Glenn clarifies with My Life In Your Hands his craftsmanship as superior composer and musician.

Final tune of this album is an instrumental version of Let It Go, performed like an echo of the vocal version.

Earl can be proud about his new album Project X, a giant step from a musician to a composer and hit maker.


Earl Carter - My Paradise (Review)

A Seriously Hot Guitarist!
Reviewer: Smoothjazz.com Review

Earl Carter is a seriously hot guitarist from the suburbs of D.C., and I guarantee you’ll be hearing a lot more from this guy in the near future. He is smokin’ on his new release, MY PARADISE, where you’ll find some cool covers, like “My Boo," “Happy Anniversary," and “A Horse with No Name." You’ll also discover some tasty originals, ranging from the compelling title track and the festive “Latin Fever," to the aptly titled “Smooth Ride Home" and the funky “A Taste of Miles." Earl’s got the chops, he’s got the sound, he’s got the savvy, and he’s got himself a breakout hit album here! Certainly no stranger to the music biz… in fact, you can check out his exceptional guitar playing on such projects as Bobby Lyle’s STRAIGHT AND SMOOTH album, several of Marcus Johnson’ works including his LIVE @ BLUES ALLEY DVD, and on sax man Jaared’s HANGTIME. So, you can see clearly that Earl Carter’s been around, and you’ll be able to hear clearly that he knows what he’s doing when it comes to the guitar. MY PARADISE is his third solo release, and undoubtedly his strongest, most-evolved to date. Sometimes when you hear a project, you just know that the player’s on the money with it. That’s exactly my impression of Earl Carter on this new set of tunes. MY PARADISE is a bona fide winner, and I suggest you make it a part of your Smooth Jazz collection so that you may experience paradise yourself.


Earl Carter - My Paradise (Review)

First, I too am a musician - a bassist playing in a local jazz band "Eye In We". When a friend said listen to this CD "My paradise", I thought - here is another smooth jazz so in so... Boy was I wrong!

I was pleasantly surprised! I like it and it will be a part of my exclusive listening collection. Another person overheard me jammin’ and they too wondered who was this?

There is still talent in DC… you make us proud. I say this to say - keep holding it down! Man - your skills have one thing a lot of cats fail to look at - longevity!

The CD is the bomb!

- ED Turner

Earl Carter - My Paradise (Review)

Earl Carter’s new release “My Paradise" is a pure aural pleasure and a contemporary jazz masterpiece.. Former EU Go-Go band member Earl Carter has released what may be his best album to date. "My paradise" is great contemporary jazz without the dull monotony of commercial smooth jazz. "My Paradise" showcases Earl’s exceptional guitar skills which is is the basis for a unique yet universal musical style that will allow him to reach even larger audience. Earl Carter is a Jazz star in the making be sure to get your hands on his albums before they become hard to find modern Jazz classics.

Key tracks include:

"Jammin' At The Alley", "Smooth Ride Home", "My Boo", "Indian
Summer" & "Latin Fever"

Visit Earl's website to purchase "My Paradise" www.earl-carter.com

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Earl Carter 495 (Review)

Smooth Jazz And More Article by Michael James

May 1st, 2005

Earl Carter – 495
4 Stars out of 4

This CD was brought to my attention in two ways. First, Live365 had a number of tracks listed on its Music Library. Second, a number of people emailed me and asked if I had heard about the artist. With that in mind, I decided request a copy and give the CD a review. Earl Carter is a jazz guitarist that's molded out of established artists such as Norman Brown, Paul Jackson, Jr and Paul Brown. His music is hip and smooth, not too abstract like many artists I’ve encountered. It’s also has great production value. Every track is great on this recording. It’s hard to pick what’s my favorite. I’m currently playing the title track, “Cocktail Showers", “The Dream" and “Out on a Limb" in my rotation as provided by Live365.com. This is an outstanding CD that should be in your collection. I think we’ll be hearing more great recordings from this up and coming artist in the future.

Earl Carter - 495 (Review)

Smooth Jazz And More Article by Michael James... 2005 Recording of the Year.

Smooth Jazz and More's top 10 CD’s of 2005.

It was a hard list to compile this year. There were so many CD's considered and reviewed this year. I've gave a ton of 4 star ratings to many talented artists, which tells you about the amount of unsung talent out there. Here's my list;

Earl Carter – 495

Live365.com highlighted this artist and it’s no wonder! His CD is our Top recording of the year.

Earl Carter - 495 (Review)

From: Arthaus NYC
Date: Aug 8, 2006 10:49 AM

Earl Carter ~ 495

Jazz never sounded so smooth. Former EU band mate comes into his own on his new album 495. Unlike most smooth jazz artists Earl puts a touch of funk in his arrangements that add a level of sophistication to a sound can easily become bland. Earl is not your run of the mill musician 495 is not just a long play of mellow track instead it is a collection of various shades of groove that can easily be a soundtrack to a night on the town or quite time with that someone special. Earl Carters 495 is a smooth jazz set music lovers are sure to love!

Buy Earl Carters 495

ArtHaus NYC


Earl Carter 495 (Review)

Whitester Radio-Smooth Jazz Article by David White

Artist of the Month
for May
Earl Carter
Washington, D.C.

Picture courtesy of earl-carter.com

Having played behind dozens of world-renown artists like Bobby Lyle, Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, Miles Jaye, and he even recorded music on the soundtrack to Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and produced for Rap Star P. Diddy. Professional smooth jazz sideman "Earl Carter" has just released his second solo CD "495".

Listen for the Earl Carter tracks "Fly Like An Eagle" (a good smooth jazz cover of the Steve Miller Band hit),"Believe Me","Cocktail Showers" and "Autumn Groove" on

Earl Carter 495 (Review)

http://hot-live-radio.blogspot.com/ Article by John da Suica

Top Album - Earl Carter "495"

Highway to Smooth Jazz!

Ich liebe es, wenn ich Künstler entdecke, die nicht genau so sind wie ich erwarte, aber so viel Talent und Kreativität besitzen wie Earl Carter. Er spielt weltweit als unabhängiger Musiker für bekannte Künstler und auf seiner neuen Smooth Jazz CD "495" hören Sie einen tollen Groove, kreativ gespielt mit Elektro- und Akustikgitarre.
495, ist definitiv ein Highway to Smooth Jazz. Der Rhythmus ist neu und frisch und zwei der Songs sind in unserer Hitliste bereits unter den ersten fünf platziert - toller Sound von Earl Carter! Glauben Sie mir, Earl Carter 495, eine Flasche Rotwein, eine Frau in Rot, das macht an. Viel Spass damit! John

Hot Live Radio - Hit List - April 2005

1. Juewett Bostick - Kellie's Theme
2. Steve Oliver - Positive Energy
3. Earl Carter - The Dream
4. Earl Carter - Cocktail Showers
5. Wayman Tisdale - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
6. Chuck Loeb - Fool Proof
7. Earl Carter - 495
8. Rick Braun - One For The Girls
9. Stalker - C.I.D - LIVE on Hot Live Radio
10. Larry Carlton - Fingerprints
11. Chris Botti - When I Fall In Love
12. Dianne Reeves - Loads of Love
13. Brian Bromberg - Audubon Park
14. Paul Sequence Ferguson - Time Charts
15. Brian Hughes - Wherever You Are
16. Joyce Cooling - This Girl's Got to Play
17. Chieli Minucci - A Smooth Jazz Affaire
18. Euge Groove - Livin' Large
19. Rick Braun - Natalie
20. Norman Brown - Let's Play

Earl Carter - 495 (Review)

www.smooth-jazz.de Article by Rob Young

Guitarist Earl Carter releases his sophomore offering titled “495," with desire and aspiration on taking his music career to the next level. Carter has been kickin’ it with various who’s, who of not only the music industry but films as well. For example: in the early nineties he recorded music for Spike Lee’s movie “Do The Right Thing," he also laid down several tracks for “Daddy’s House" produced for non-other then rap star, producer, fashion & business mogul P. Diddy. According to his liner notes: “Carter works frequently as a freelance artist." In most recent years he lent his guitar stylings to some of the hottest names in smoothjazz and r&b Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Mike Phillips, Regina Bell and he’s also opened for legendary groups like Pieces of a Dream and Spyro Gyra.

The Players: Prince Dejour ~ Vocals, Michael Burton ~ sax, Michael Baker ~ bass, Patrick Cooper ~ keyboards & synth bass, Kim Corbett-Knight ~ vocals, Jay Williams ~ drums and Earl Carter ~ guitars, guitar & bass synth, drum programming, Produced by Earl Carter and Patrick Cooper for Earl Carter © 2005

The opening track titled “Inner Loop" is just that, it’s a hip interlude piece that lasts for forty-seven seconds! Mr. Carter takes on the pop classic “Fly Like an Eagle". This is one of those tracks that I personally haven’t “Fly Like an Eagle" covered that much. However, Carter does a very nice job by adding his own twist to the mix.

At the third spot Carter delves into the title cut “495" with some tasty guitar licks. “495," has a strong urban vibe surrounded by loops and sequences (thru-out), some are provided by co-producer keyboardist Patrick Cooper along with solos by sax-man Michael Burton. Next up, Carter puts his spin to Tony, Toni, Tone’s classic “It Never Rains (in Southern California)." This is the second time I’ve heard this song covered, the first meeting was by keyboardist Rodney Franklin. On this trip Carter’s arrangement stays pretty close to the original with the only major distinction being his guitar playing with background vocals by Kim Corbett-Knight.

“Believe Me," is definitely soulful on Carter’s behalf as a soloist. Earl’s guitar style is fluid and jazzy which unquestionably is reminiscent to another talented guitarist and gentleman named Rohn Lawrence. “Out On a Limb," is the next track penned by Carter and expresses kinship to the previous selection on the soulful mid to down tempo tip. Earl Carter can definitely play, there’s no doubt that he knows his way around the fret!

On “Cocktail Showers," Carter handles all instrumentation (also on the next four selections). “The Dream" follows up this cut and both tracks are sonically in a dream like state instrumentally. “The Dream," is pretty, with catchy hooks weaved in and out at intervals. I like his use of guitar-synth textures; he mirrors the Latin sound rather nicely. “The Village," falls in at the 9th spot, which is also scored by Carter. He changes hats and tempo slightly at the 3:20 mark; he breaks in with a tasty synthesize guitar solo that sounds very good to me!

With the next track “Steal Your Heart," the title suggestive taps into the mood of intimacy. It’s a nice slow jam but not in the bedroom seductive sense that you would normally hear on tracks of this nature. “Autumn Groove," could very well catch the attention of radio programmers. Carter’s guitar solo’s continue to be tight and in the groove on the piece. “Outer Loop," another short piece closes out the set of twelve tracks on “495."