With this 2008 release, saxophonist James Carter backs away from doing his customary concept album to showcase the full spectrum of his talents. Carter is a master of post-bop but he is also a keen student of the pre-swing era, a modern populist and a no-holds barred experimenter. While most of the cuts on Present Tense showcase different sides of Carter, "Bro. Dolphy" proves the he often brings these varying sides together with surprising ease. Among the mainstream crowd-pleasers are the delightful "Dodo's Presence," "Pour Que Ma Vie Demeure" and "Bossa J.C."