Mr. Carney is a sharp pianist and a broadly imaginative conceptualist and composer.” - New York Times

— Nate Chinen

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James Carney is an award-winning pianist and composer currently living and working in New York City. Carney has cultivated a reputation for developing an original, polystylistic approach to making music - a philosophy that respects and explores both tradition and the avant-garde. Lauded in the Los Angeles and New York Times, Carney has recorded 8 albums as a leader.

PURE HEART, a sextet album featuring Ravi Coltrane, will be released June 5, 2020 on Sunnyside Records.

James Carney, piano / compositions

Ravi Coltrane, saxophones

Oscar Noriega, woodwinds

Stephanie Richards, trumpet

Dezron Douglas, bass

Tom Rainey, drums

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James Carney, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Helias, Allan Mednard play Konceptions