JP Carter is the most crazy-assed noisy bastard of a trumpet player you're ever gonna find anywhere. Half the time. The rest of the time he plays smooth as the bottom of baby born with a silver spoon in its mouth. Motherf***er would put Miles in sweats. What you're doubting me? Thinking the cat might be lightweight? I don't blame you I've been known to exaggerate and straight up tell lies. But not this time. This guy can play. Clearly you haven't been suffered permanent hearing loss at one of his loft party shows at Blim or 1067 I guess. Or heard him romance the crowd at RIme. The guy means business. Among his many projects is The Inhabitants. Carter's cohorts in this project - Dave Sikla, Pete Schmitt and first call drummer Skye Brooks - are all leaders of the next generation Vancouver jazz scene, and all members of a million and a half other projects.
Last and only time I had the pleasure of seeing them play was at a Turkish restaurant / skronk and free-improv bar - and yes, Vancouver's that cool - but they were pretty restrained at the time. It's no holds barred here on <em>The Furniture Moves Underneat</em>. From smooth and spacey jazz fusion that would sound at home on a Bill Frisell album to noise blasts like black metal's uglier meaner cousin - played on trumpet remember - and all points in between, the record is what jazz was supposed to become. This is not your mother's post-rock. I don't even want to sully the band by using the term. No, I prefer to think of The Inhabitants as straight up jazz circa 2007 done right.
Highlights include "A Part Of You" which is probably the prettiest jazz song since forever, "The Rancer" which is like if Bastro were a jazz group, and the smoky, late-night epic "Drop Descender" that closes the album in fine fashion.
If you hate post-rock this is the album that will change your mind. If you haven't heard proof that jazz is not beyond rescue in a thousand years this is album is proof. On <em>The Furniture Moves Underneath</em>, The Inhabitants do their fair share to contribute to Vancouver's status as the best city in Canada if not North America for jazz music in the 21st century. Beautiful.