Houston native Carvin's quartet played an amazing concert for the PJS Jazz Society's “Second Sunday Jazz Series” on Sunday November 8, 2015. The group consisting of Jansen Cinco on bass, Yayoi Ikawa on piano, fellow Texan(Dallas) Keith Loftis who, incidentally went to school with two-time Grammy Award Winner, Roy Hargrove, accompanied the jazz master. Like other great Texas tenors, Loftis has that beautifully rich Texas tenor sound.
The first set was drawn from his laest CD, "Flash Forward" which received a four star review from Downbeat Magazine and featured such tunes as “In Walked Bud,” “Same Shame”.
While not as famous as Elvin Jones or Max Roach, Carvin moved in many of the same circles. A touchstone of his accomplishment was the album "Antiquity" recorded with Jackie McLean for Inner City in the early '70s, but the list of luminaries he's backed up is extensive. After a tour with Earl Grant through Europe and Japan, and two years as the staff drummer at Motown, Carvin played with B.B. King and joined Freddie Hubbard's band in 1973. In between, he shared stages and recorded with everyone from straight-aheaders Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon and McCoy Tyner to free-thinkers Pharaoh Sanders, Cecil Taylor, Alice Coltrane and Billy Bang.
It is noteworthy that he has appeared on more than 250 albums and CDs.