James Carter Organ Trio

James Carter is one of the most accomplished and adventurous saxophonists in contemporary jazz, covering the gamut from swing to bop and way beyond, from the harmolodic frontier to Billie Holiday, plus his recent innovative synthesis of jazz, European classical, and Caribbean rhythms in tackling Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra. The latest of his myriad projects involves his longest standing group, the James Carter Organ Trio, featuring B3 wizard Gerard Gibbs and ace drummer Leonard King Jr. The trio's recent At the Crossroads (Emarcy) is a tasty summit of jazz, blues, gospel, and soul. Carter can come out smoking or be breathtakingly lyrical, juggling a quartet of saxophones plus flute. Crossroads kicks off with a hard-blowing run through Matthew Gee's "Oh Gee" and later pays tribute to B3 royalty Brother Jack McDuff and Sarah McLawler. It also gets down and dirty on Big Maybelle's "Ramblin' Blues" and righteous with Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday" and the traditional gospel piece "Tis the Old Ship of Zion"; the trio proves equally inspirational Saturday night and Sunday morning. (Photo by Jimmy Katz)
Sun., July 29, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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