By Larry Blumenfeld
Updated July 07, 2006 04:00 AM
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The closing track on Focus, ”Gentle Wind,” should be renamed: There, as elsewhere, pianist Cary packs a devastating punch, deployed with clever rhythmic sense. He favors knotty melodies, but his meditative ”Voyage to the Inside” tugs heartstrings like a good spiritual. Even Sameer Gupta’s tablas on two tracks fit Cary’s expansive vision of mainstream jazz.