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Wyclef Jean, Lyfe Jennings
Showbox at the Market, $40, 8 p.m.
In 1997, Wyclef released himself from his Fugee bonds and dropped his genre-busting, soul-rattling, pop-cum-Creole debut album, The Carnival. Ten years—and several albums—later, the Haitian MC/renaissance man sailed its sequel across the Caribbean’s—and the music industry’s—rough waters. The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant is, like its predecessor, an explosive cocktail of catchy cosmopolitanism that’s more reflective of Wyclef’s adopted homeland than Homeland Security would like you to remember. Alternative title: Once Upon a Time in America. Besides offering the usual slew of special appearances (and the ability to make even Chamillionaire listenable), this album also serves as a reminder that, despite sometimes-disappointing sales, Clef hasn’t gone anywhere; indeed, he’s never left. With Lyfe Jennings.
-- KEVIN CAPP
Eliane Elias sings and plays Bill Evans featuring Marc Johnson and Adam Nussbaum
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, $23.50, 7:30 p.m. tonight and Wednesday
Don’t know why I’ve got such a weakness for this Brazilian pianist, but I’ve had it for 20 years. With some players it doesn’t matter that they’re not blowing your mind; they’re cradling your heart and stirring up your blood and just reminding you of the pleasures of great melodic improvising. Elias often plays in something of a samba vein, but her latest trio project is a Bill Evans tribute that includes her husband, Marc Johnson (who was Evans’ last bass player) and the excellent Adam Nussbaum on drums. Their disc, Something for You (Blue Note), is some buoyant, joyful playing from strong jazz vets who never hit a false note. I’m not sure Elias’ singing quite carries the day, but it hardly matters; the feeling’s there, and everybody digs Bill Evans.
-- MARK D. FEFER