James Carter shares live version of “Melodie au Crepuscule”

    A modern rework of Django Reinhardt’s classic.

    James Carter
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    Saxophonist James Carter has given a preview of his upcoming live LP, James Carter Organ Trio: Live from Newport Jazz, with a cover of “Melodie au Crepuscule.”

    The ten-minute live track, recorded during Carter’s performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2018, is a funky, jazz-meets-soul reimagination of the Django Reinhardt classic. While Reinhardt’s original version was laid-back and romantic, Carter’s rendition lifts and soars with warm keys, energetic percussion and his smooth saxophone playing.

    James Carter Organ Trio: Live from Newport Jazz marks the saxophonist’s debut on Blue Note and will arrive August 30. His last album, Chasin’ the Gypsy, arrived in 2011.

    Check out Carter’s live version of “Melodie au Crepsuscule” below: