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Aretha Franklin Collaborates on CD

June 1, 2001

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DETROIT (AP) _ Aretha Franklin is usually the headliner, but the Queen of Soul has agreed to a guest appearance on a live recording by Detroit-born saxophonist James Carter.

Franklin’s participation is expected to give the recording a pop-culture glitter that could introduce Detroit jazz to a broader audience.

``It’s an homage to what happens live when I’m in Detroit,″ he told the Detroit Free Press. ``I want to let folks know this is where I come from and that there’s still the jazz spirit here.″

Carter, 32, said Wednesday he had not yet ironed out details with Franklin, but the singer had left a message on his answering machine saying ``she was looking at doing something up-tempo, maybe `Cherokee.‴

The Atlantic Records recording session, scheduled June 14-16 at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, is expected to bring together local jazz artists with internationally known saxophonists Johnny Griffin, David Murray and Franz Jackson.

Franklin and Carter met last year at a benefit concert in Detroit. She invited him to play at her Christmas party and to participate in her ``Divas Live″ concert on VH1.

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