Steve Futterman
June 09, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

”Chasin’ the Gypsy” and ”Layin’ in the Cut”

When you’re a gifted saxist with too much to say, like James Carter, there’s only one thing to do: Release two recordings at once. On Chasin’ the Gypsy, a winning, offbeat tribute to ’30s jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, carter’s pungent horns sidle up nicely to idiomatic acoustic guitar and violin. Layin’ in the Cut finds him getting funky and jamming with a lean R&B band, making for an altogether comfortable fit. Chasin’ the Gypsy: B+ Layin’ in the Cut: B+

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