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Despite passing through the Wynton Marsalis brigade—a rite of passage that heralds the arrival of young talent—multireedist James Carter‘s vision extends beyond showcasing the rapid-fire technique that characterizes most inaugural releases. The Real Quietstorm, Carter’s North American debut, is a relaxed run through a compendium of composers; Duke Ellington, Jackie McClean, Don Byas, and Sun Ra compositions are interspersed with Carter originals that range from vibrant swing to melancholy balladry. Carter’s mastery of six instruments—including the entire sax family, bass clarinet, and bass flute—is impressive without being flamboyant, and his arrangements on tracks like “You Never Told Me That You Care” echo tenor sax king Sonny Rollins’ penchant for midsong solo breakdowns. At 8 & 10 p.m. at Blues Alley, 1073 Rear Wisconsin Ave. NW. $16. (202) 337-4141. (CP)