Pianist/composer James Carney scores original, inspiring and imaginative compositions on PURE HEART

The combination of concept, effort, and the right collaborators typically leads to good things no matter what the goal might be. These elements are especially integral to cohesion within a musical ensemble in performance, especially a group built of musicians who haven’t previously played together. Pianist/composer James Carney was thinking along these lines when he came up with the idea and chose the musicians for his new recording, Pure Heart. // The sextet that Carney put together is quite an assemblage. For the horns, he recruited his longtime friend and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, bass clarinetist and alto saxophonist Oscar Noriega, and recent collaborator and trumpeter Stephanie Richards. Bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Tom Rainey met in their first time ever pairing. In fact, most of these players had never played together before, except Coltrane and Douglas and Noriega and Rainey. ~Editorial Reviews | Amazon

Mr. Carney is a sharp pianist and a broadly imaginative conceptualist and composer.” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times.

Award-winning pianist, keyboardist, and composer James Carney is a fearless improviser with a reputation for an original, polystylistic approach to making music – a philosophy that respects and explores both tradition and the avant-garde. 

Recording as a leader for prestige labels including Sunnyside, Clean Feed, Jacaranda, and Songlines, James Carney regularly fronts bands featuring some of the finest musicians working today including Ravi Coltrane, Tony Malaby, Chris Lightcap, Mark Ferber, Josh Roseman, Oscar Noriega, Stephanie Richards, Michael Attias, Dezron Douglas, Tom Rainey, Alex Cline, Nels Cline, Tyshawn Sorey, Ralph Alessi, Todd Sickafoose, Kris Davis, Ches Smith, and many others. ~Biography

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