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The fearlessly inventive violinist and MacArthur Fellowship Award winner Regina Carter leads a group celebrating her new tribute project to the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, “Ella: Accentuate the Positive”.
The young saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, now a fixture of the scene, has a hard-driving and sparely metallic sound. It’s like Dexter Gordon’s and Sonny Rollins’, to the old-school buff, but he casts their lessons through the Young Lions of the 1990s, and speaks in the lingua franca of present-day post-bop.