Matt Carter Octet: Read Between the Lines

The Matt Carter Octet brings back the big band swing on Read Between the Lines. The reinvigoration from the Great American Songbook of “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” is just refreshing. From the corresponding horns to the swinging rhythm section to Carter’s exhilarating solo, the band knows the classic well. While “Fighting Talk” demonstrates their post-bop thrive, “Duke’s Mood” displays the opposite: slow-burn emotions. An impressive debut.