A progressive, classically trained bassist, Kent Carter is a highly regarded improvisor and composer known for his many avant-garde jazz credits. A longtime associate of saxophonist Steve Lacy, Carter has also taught and composed for theater and film. Born in 1939 in Hanover, New Hampshire, Carter grew up in a creative family, the son a violist and conductor. Initially starting on piano and bassoon, he switched to bass in the late '50s and earned his degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. While living on the East Coast, he played with pianist Lowell Davidson, and late joined pianist Paul Bley's ensemble and the Jazz Composers Guild Orchestra, led by Carla Bley and Michael Mantler. He spent much of his time touring Europe, working with such luminaries as Barry Altschul, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Don Cherry, Enrico Rava, Roswell ...
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