Planetary Alignment - James Carter  by Charles Ezra Ferrell

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Detroit has a long and rich history as a fertile ground,
a cultural vortex, for creating revolutinary leadership in all forms.
Musically speaking, James Carter is a giant in a long history of musical stalwarts and innovators from Motown.

What I appreciate about JC is his mastery, commitment, professionalism. He maintains an accessibility and “down-to-earthness” in spite of his global success. It is uplifting to watch him walk into Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (Detroit) carrying his horn. I know, through his performance, the audience will be transported into a heavenly dimension.

James Carter autographed this 18×24 original. This original is not for sale. This piece was conceptualized by utilizing, as a reference, a photo by Han Speekenbrink and images of the solar system.

James often speaks of “planetary alignment” to underscore the synchronistic occurence of the presence of the audience appearing before him during the performance as a special moment in time.

18×24 Graphite Pencil on Off-white Strathmore Archival Paper


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  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitauabout 6 years ago


  • Tony Ryan
    Tony Ryanabout 6 years ago

    Think it is so important for gifted and successful people to remain humble. I beleive gifted creatives are here to empower others not to be above them.

  • allicata
    allicataabout 4 years ago

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