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James Carter: Present Tense

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James Carter’s first outing for EmArcy is an unselfconscious mix of influences, more three-dimensional than his various tribute discs and the recent organ-trio blowouts Live at Baker’s and Out of Nowhere.

The saxophonist fronts a versatile, hard-swinging band with Dwight Adams on trumpet, D.D. Jackson on piano, James Genus on bass and Victor Lewis on drums. Percussionist Eli Fountain and guitarist Rodney Jones add flavor on three tracks each. Carter, as always, plays multiple horns, but his improvising gains force at the high- and low-register extremes, on flute, baritone sax and bass clarinet.

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