Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Southern Comfort

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Southern Comfort

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Regina Carter

Southern Comfort

Sony Masterworks

Regina Carter (vin, vcl) Adam Rogers (g) Marvin Sewell (g) Chris Lightcap (b) Jesse Murphy (b) Will Holshouser (acc) Alvester Garnett (d) Luca Madrazo (vcl). Kaleidoscope Sound Studios, Union City, NJ.

Miner's Chiid/Trampin'/Hickory Wind/Shoo Rye/Blues De Basile/I'm Going Home/Honky Tonkin'/Cornbread Crumbled In Gravy/See See Rider/I Moaned And I Moaned/Death Have Mercy/Breakaway. TT 60:14

Regina Carter is an American jazz violinist bom on August 6, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan. Music has been in her blood from an early age. First of all, she is the cousin of jazz saxophonist, James Carter. She started taking piano lessons at the age of two. At four years of age, she took up the violin. As a teenager, she played in the youth division of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. While in school, she was able to take masters classes from Itzhak Perlman and Yehudi Menuhin. While studying classical violin at the New England Conservatory of Music, she decided to switch to jazz, but the school did not have a program. She then transferred to Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and studied jazz under Marcus Belgrave. After college, she worked as a nanny, taught violin, played violin for the pop jazz quartet Straight Ahead and did session work with everybody from Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel and Dolly Parton. By 1995, she released her first solo CD, Regina Carter. In 2006, she was awarded the Mac Arthur Foundation "Genius" Fellowship.

Southern Comfort, her debut on Sony Masterworks, is Carter's ninth solo CD. On this album, she continues her investigation of her family history through Africa, Eastern Europe, Finland, and the United States. She mixes America's Southern heritage in folk songs, gospels, spirituals, child ballads and blues through country, jazz, and rhythm and blues. She states, "I wanted to hear the music that my ancestors heard. Southern Comfort is a musical journey tracing my father's roots in the American South." Although she was born in Detroit, her father and his thirteen siblings had migrated from Alabama. She spent time researching her relatives and found out her grandfather was a coal miner. Her next question was what kind of songs did he listen to? That led her to the American music archives at the Library of Congress. …

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