Based on this album, a tribute to Joe Henderson, Carr is a Texas tenor man to reckon with. Born and reared in Houston, where he soaked up the sounds of Don Wilkerson and Arnett Cobb, and educated at Texas Southern University and Washington D.C.’s Howard University, he comes across as mature, authoritative and inventive as anyone playing hard-bop-rooted jazz today. He has remained in Washington since his school days, teaching privately and now heading the non-profit Jazz Academy of Music. This is his third album as a leader, and it’s first-rate on all counts.
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