Daniel Carter & Reuben Radding Luminescence

This is a mellow and lovely series of duets perfect for those who love John Coltrane. The intensity, spirituality and contemplative nature that Coltrane always exhibited is present in these recordings. Carter has been a New York reedsman, trumpeter and flautist for more than 30 years, who is best known for his work with Other Dimensions in Music. Luminescence is a post 9/11 record — baggage restrictions in place prior to the October 2001 recording date forced Carter to bring only one instrument to his first ever Seattle show — his alto. This is a great example of two very sympathetic players in a deeply lyrical mood; the kind of partnership that Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden had. Radding plays beautiful Arco bass, many passages explore similarities between the alto and Arco’s ranges and tonal qualities. Things get more skronky on the very last track; it would have been nice to hear more of that energy elsewhere on the disc. Luminescence would make an ideal Sunday morning disc. (Aum Fidelity)