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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Two years after her stunning debut on Verve, violinist Regina Carter offers listeners her exceptional string virtuosity on ten great songs inspired by her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Motor City Moments features a stellar collection of songs written by some of the best musicians from Detroit including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Thad Jones, and Milt Jackson. Regina Carter applies her pure skill, pizzicato, and arco passages to "Don't Mess With Mr. T" and "Higher Ground" with impeccable tuning and multiple approaches. Her string virtuosity on Milt Jackson's "For Someone I Love," is a masterful performance backed adeptly by Mayra Casales on percussion and spotlights a ...
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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Two years after her stunning debut on Verve, violinist Regina Carter offers listeners her exceptional string virtuosity on ten great songs inspired by her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Motor City Moments features a stellar collection of songs written by some of the best musicians from Detroit including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Thad Jones, and Milt Jackson. Regina Carter applies her pure skill, pizzicato, and arco passages to "Don't Mess With Mr. T" and "Higher Ground" with impeccable tuning and multiple approaches. Her string virtuosity on Milt Jackson's "For Someone I Love," is a masterful performance backed adeptly by Mayra Casales on percussion and spotlights a brilliant piano solo by Werner "Vana" Gierig. Two originals, "Forever February" and "Up South," which was co-written with guitarist Russell Malone, provide an interesting contrast of the artist's use of reflective temperament and folk-ornamented cadences. Each song also emphasizes Carter's adept techniques with melodic phrasing and song forms. Accompanied by her touring band of Darryl Hall on bass, Alvester Garnett on drums, percussionist Mayra Casales, Marcus Belgrave on trumpet and flugelhorn, James Carter on bass clarinet and tenor sax, Barry Harris on piano, Lewis Nash, as well as several special guests, Regina Carter has rapidly become one of the most exciting and original violinists to arrive on the jazz scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454392723
  • Catalog Number: 543927
  • Sales rank: 86,411

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Regina Carter Primary Artist, Violin
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Russell Malone Guitar
Lewis Nash Drums
James Carter Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Mayra Casales Percussion
Alvester Garnett Drums
Darryl Hall Bass
Werner "Vana" Gierig Piano
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Regina Carter Liner Notes
John Clayton Producer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Richard Seidel Producer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Hollis King Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Regina Carter -What Would Mr. Grappelli Think?

    Since I first saw Ms. Carter on the Boston Pops performing Chris Brubeck's "Interplay for 3 Violins" I have been mesmerized. I have long been a fan of Grappelli and was fortunate enought to see and hear him a few months before his death. When I first heard Ms.Carter, there was something infinetly familiar. It was not Stephane.....it was jazz violin in the new century with jazz violin history blended deeply within. Since I saw that performance on TV in August, I have purchased every R. Carter CD I can find and I can't quit listening to them. Luckily, she is coming to St. Louis in two weeks and I have tickets to see her in a small venue. Can't wait. I just listened to an old NPR interview where she talked about and played Paganini's violin. To my crude ear, her violin has a richer sound and I am counting the days until I get to hear her in person.

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