Paganini: After a Dream

Paganini: After a Dream

by Regina Carter
     
 

After establishing herself as an original new voice on the jazz violin, Regina Carter enters the classical crossover/smooth jazz market playing Paganini’s own violin on this ambitious disc, which features a mixture of Impressionism’s greatest hits and bossa nova favorites. The arrangements feature silvery strings, swishing harps, tinkling triangles, and breathy…  See more details below

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After establishing herself as an original new voice on the jazz violin, Regina Carter enters the classical crossover/smooth jazz market playing Paganini’s own violin on this ambitious disc, which features a mixture of Impressionism’s greatest hits and bossa nova favorites. The arrangements feature silvery strings, swishing harps, tinkling triangles, and breathy vocalizings, but Carter’s luminous tone on the master’s instrument cuts through the drapery. The best moments come when she gets a chance, as in Debussy’s “Reverie” or the Fauré “Pavane,” to improvise and even swing a little with her quintet. The bossa nova selections -- the “Cinema Paradiso” theme by Ennio Morricone, and the catchy “Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval)” by Luiz Bonfa -- have an authentic lilt and wouldn’t seem out of place on a terrace overlooking the Copacabana. The overall mood of this disc is lush, unabashed romanticism, and like an ostentatious dessert, some might find it too rich for their taste. Others will savor the indulgence.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
It would be a definite exaggeration to say that jazz and classical have become joined at the hip the way that rap and urban contemporary have become joined at the hip, but it is safe to say that the jazz and classical worlds are crossing paths a lot these days. Many of today's jazz musicians are classically trained, and concert halls that are classical-friendly are often jazz-friendly (especially in Europe). Paganini: After a Dream is among the many instrumental projects that finds a jazz artist acknowledging the Euro-classical tradition, which isn't to say this is a classical album per se. Essentially, Paganini: After a Dream is post-bop, although it's post-bop with a strong Euro-classical influence and, at times, some Latin influences as well (including Argentinean tango, Brazilian samba, and the Cuban bolero tradition). This CD wasn't designed with musical purists in mind -- Paganini: After a Dream isn't for jazz purists any more than it is for classical purists or Latin purists. But the more broad-minded listeners will appreciate the fact that violinist Regina Carter plays quite lyrically throughout the album whether she is turning her attention to Maurice Ravel's "Pavane Pour une Infante Défunte" and Claude Debussy's "Rêverie" or Luiz Bonfá's "Manha de Carnaval" and Argentinean tango innovator Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion." The people who join Carter on this disc include, among others, conductor Ettore Stratta (who serves as co-producer) and cellist Borislav Strulev -- and thankfully, Carter manages to provide an album that is extremely lush without being elevator muzak. Because the material is heavily arranged, she doesn't have as much room to improvise. But the violinist does have enough solo space to get her points across, and even though Paganini: After a Dream isn't her most essential release, it is a tasteful, pleasing addition to Carter's catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0044006555423
catalogNumber:
065554
Rank:
64566

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Regina Carter   Primary Artist,Violin,Vocals
Ettore Stratta   Conductor
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Jeff Carney   Bass
Mayra Casales   Percussion,Vocals
Robert Chausow   Violin
Joyce Hammann   Violin,Concert Master
Susan Jolles   Harp
Karen Milne   Violin
Carol Pool   Violin
Laura Seaton   Violin
Dorothy Lawson   Cello
Debra Shufelt   Viola
Maxine Roach   Viola
Mary Whitaker   Violin
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Alvester Garnett   Drums,Vocals
Ralph Farris   Viola
Chris Lightcap   Bass
Borislav Strulev   Cello
Natalie Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Mary L. Rowell   Violin
Katherine Livolsi-Stern   Violin
Alexander Garnett   Drums,Vocals
Werner "Vana" Gierig   Piano

Technical Credits

Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Maurice Ravel   Composer
Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Ettore Stratta   Producer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger,Orchestration
Regina Carter   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Claude Debussy   Composer
Joe Ferla   Engineer,Engineering
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Michele Taylor   Executive Producer
Pat Philips   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Myles Weinstein   Booking
Michelle Taylor   Producer
Andrea Liberovici   Producer,Executive Producer,Project Concept
Michelle Taylor   Executive Producer
Werner "Vana" Gierig   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Musical Director,Artistic Director

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