Layin' in the Cut is one of those albums that adventurous Jazz fans may want to give a try.
Carter combines Jazz with some Funk rhythms and melodies and comes up with something really cool.
While there are moments that get a little too freeform for some fans of more straightforward Jazz (or fans of the Funk elements that are in play here), more often than not there are some solid melodies presented by Carter and the musicians backing him up.
The album opens with the funky title track, which has a 70's Funk groove and some nice sax playing from Carter. "Motown Mash," is another song with it's roots in the 70's with a cool laid back groove, while, "Requiem for Hartford Ave," is a laid back track with some nice melodic playing from Carter.
Things get a bit more avant-garde with the slightly more freeform leaning, "Terminal B," while, "Dafadelle in D flat," is a mellower, smoother song (making for some interesting contrasts). "There's a Paddle," goes back to that 70's vibe and features some jazzier work than on much of the rest of the album.
Carter closes the album with, "GP," which has an ever so slight Latin feel to it. This is another laid back song that allows the players some space to play.
Layin in the Cut isn't a great album, but it is a good one, and was deservedly re-released in 2010.