JAMES CARTER ORGAN TRIO

The organ combo reigned for several decades as jazz's meat-and-potatoes mainstay, a populist vehicle for blues drenched blowing.

In the hands of James Carter, one of jazz's most sophisticated improvisers, the organ trio is no less meaty and satisfying. But his virtuosic saxophone chops elevate the organ combo to a rarefied realm defined by delectable soul, a gourmet repertoire, and consistently inspired group interplay.

Featuring the lithe and muscular keyboard work of Detroit's rising B3 star Gerard Gibbs and the propulsive drum support of veteran Motor City trap master Leonard King Jr., At the Crossroads marks the 10th anniversary of the multigenerational James Carter Organ Trio. A sensational follow-up to the saxophonist's acclaimed Emarcy release Caribbean Rhapsody, Carter's 15-th album documents his trio's combustible chemistry, with a Detroit-centric cast of special guests adding fuel to the celebratory fire.

There's a reason the trio is my longest running and most cohesive band, says Carter, 42, noting that both players contribute tunes and arrangements to the trio's book. Gerard and Leonard are consummate musicians who have shaped the music at every level. That's why I never really thought of leaving. We all have our own projects, so we go out into the world and deal with whatever musical merriment we have, and when we come back as this particular group, we bring our musical experiences back with us.

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