Atlanta Jazz Festival 2011 – Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread”

She’s arguably the premier jazz violinist working today and she will headline the 2011 Atlanta Jazz Festival on Saturday Night. Regina Carter and Reverse Thread, her groundbreaking group (and CD) that infuses jazz with African folk rhythms, will close out Day One of the festival at 9 pm.  It is a performance that should not be missed.

A Detroit native, Ms. Carter first garnered public attention as a member of the all female jazz group Straight Ahead, back in the early ‘90’s. Though that was an ensemble, Regina’s soulful virtuosity set her apart. Her solo career began in 1995 with an eponymous fusion date, which is still remembered for its daring/cool/sexy/controversial cover photo.  She has continued to grow in stature ever since, with albums such as Rhythms of the Heart and Motor City Moments (my personal favorite) to her credit.

Ms. Carter has never been one to stand still musically, and Reverse Thread is her boldest statement to date.  It’s the culmination of a journey that she embarked upon, after receiving a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant”.  She added an accordion and a kora; the West African harp traditionally played by village storytellers, to her rhythm section.  The results have been hailed by jazz critics such as All Music Guide’s Thom Jurek, as “stunning” and “undefinable, uncategorizable beauty” – a sentiment that I can’t argue with.

But don’t take our word for it. Come out to see Regina Carter and the Reverse Thread band on Saturday night at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. You’ll be glad you did.

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One Response to “Atlanta Jazz Festival 2011 – Regina Carter’s “Reverse Thread””

  1. glad you got to see her. we saw her with the traveling Monterrey crew last year

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