This is an album from the mid-nineties in which James Carter and various guest musicians call up the tradition. The scene is set by the opening 'FreeReggaeHiBop' with Lester Bowie - it's infectious, inventive and absolutely lovely stuff, with little bursts, stops, ornaments, slurs and discords distributed across the melody. Then Carter and Larry Smith do some Charlie Parker tribute moves on 'Parker's Mood', and Harry 'Sweets' Edison comes in next on 'Lester Leaps In'. So it continues, without a single weak number, Carter's playing imposingly energetic throughout. By the time you get to the end of the album, you'll be wanting to go back and hear that marvellous first track again. Get yourself a copy of 'Conversin' with the Elders'. You won't regret it.
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