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A female violinist from Detroit. Contrary to popular belief, the emergence of the violin in the jazz music was not the result of a whim. Nor of an accident. Its presence goes back to the works of such pioneers as Joe Venuti and Eddie South, precursors of the most important performer of this instrument that jazz has ever known: Stephane Grappelli.
Both from the point of view of her style and her age, Regina Carter is the immediate successor of such colleagues as Jean-Luc Ponty, Sugarcane Harris and Didier Lockwood. A far from trivial item in her CV is the fact that artists of the stature of singer Dee Dee Bridgewater or pianists Kenny Barron and Marian McPartland have asked her to work with them on their albums and concerts.
In any case, ever since she became famous in 1995 with the band Straight Ahead, Regina has been forging an extensive and indeed brilliant catalogue of her own projects. Her albums “Something for Grace”, “Motor City Moments”, “Southern Comfort” and “Paganini: After a Dream” are very well known, as is her latest album which came out last year, “Ella: Accentuate the Positive”. This title, a reference to the centenary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald, reconfirmed yet again her status as a total violinist, completely dedicated to the perfect execution of all manner of repertoires.
© Christopher Drukker
Violin: Regina Carter.
Piano: Xavier Davis.
Bass: Chris Lightcap.
Drums: Alvester Garnett.