Regina Carter is among the foremost jazz violinists of her generation being celebrated for her virtuosity today. As the winner of the highly coveted 2006 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship, Ms. Carter continues to inspire her listeners with recordings that explore the African roots of the violin. She moves farther along her musical journeys during an international tour to support her debut recording for Sony Music Masterworks titled Southern Comfort. The recording continues to examine Ms. Carter’s roots and thematically connects with her earlier 2006 album titled I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey and her 2010 recording titled Reverse Thread which celebrates the tradition of African music reinterpreted for violin, accordion, bass, drums and kora.
Southern Comfort explores the folk tunes her paternal grandfather would have heard while living and working in Alabama as well as folk tunes of the region. The songs include her interpretations of Cajun fiddle music, field music, early gospel and coal miner’s work songs. “Miner’s Child” features Carter energetically bowing a Scotch-hinted bluegrass melody that flows over African-inspired rhythms contributed by drummer Alvester Garnett and accordionist Will Holshouser. “Trampin’” floors you with its rural blues, city funk and throbbing bass and drums. Hank Williams Sr.’s “Honky Tonkin’” has stirring march rhythms, while Gram Parsons’ “Hickory Wind” will fascinate you with its fugue-like sound. “I Moaned and Moaned” features an introduction of drum rim shots by Garnett before Carter, Marvin Sewell and the rhythm section bring it all together in varied time signatures. The band’s great interplay of vocals and handclaps at the conclusion makes this song a real keeper.
Ms. Carter will be accompanied by guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassist Jesse Murphy, accordionist Will Holshouser and drummer Alvester Garnett. For more information and details regarding the concert, please visit the Zipper Hall at the Colburn School website. Zipper Hall at the Colburn School is located at 200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.