Notable for his work on the baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute, this prominent jazz musician collaborated with opera singer Kathleen Battle, saxophonist Julius Hemphill, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and numerous other world-class musicians.
While growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Carter trained with Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist Donald Washington, Sr. and toured to Scandanavia with the International Jazz Band.
Over the course of his music career, he collected numerous vintage horns.
With one of his cousins, fellow jazz musician Regina Carter, he recorded an album titled Chasin' the Gypsy.
In the late 1980s, he began a lengthy collaboration with jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie.