Regina Carter

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For her debut recording as a leader, post-Straight Ahead violinist Regina Carter plays marvelously, improvises well, and has a tone that is typically soaring, clear, and at times mournful. Victor Bailey's production values and songs he wrote three have a profound effect on the result of this music, which mostly ranges from pop-funk to smooth instrumentals. Carter wrote or co-wrote six of the ten tracks, but this is not to say it's all samey and predictable. The highlight is the Mark Helias piece "Beau Regard" in a 6/8 rhythm, where trombonist Steve Turre and Carter play wonderfully rich unison lines while pianist Rachel Z embellishes with her own gossamer-like, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For her debut recording as a leader, post-Straight Ahead violinist Regina Carter plays marvelously, improvises well, and has a tone that is typically soaring, clear, and at times mournful. Victor Bailey's production values and songs he wrote three have a profound effect on the result of this music, which mostly ranges from pop-funk to smooth instrumentals. Carter wrote or co-wrote six of the ten tracks, but this is not to say it's all samey and predictable. The highlight is the Mark Helias piece "Beau Regard" in a 6/8 rhythm, where trombonist Steve Turre and Carter play wonderfully rich unison lines while pianist Rachel Z embellishes with her own gossamer-like, forward-moving runs. Exuding true, pure soul, Carter and bassist Lonnie Plaxico interpret the Billie Holiday epic "Don't Explain" with no help. It's a tour de force of restrained response and a deeply felt, imaginative interpretation. Though barely two minutes each, the two "Sticks & Stones" tracks the "Sticks" version and the "Stones" version join Carter and djembe player Abdulai Epizo Bangoura for a violin vamp and percussion workout. The rest of the material lies in the R&B/pop vein, and holds little interest on a jazz, smooth jazz, or commercial level. The lyrics are one-liners, the instrumental passages are not exciting or vital, and though Carter's improvisations are intriguing, they are not enough to lift tunes like "I Wanna Talk to You," "When I Hear Your Name," "Ain't Nobody," and "The Last Time..." past a vapid vanishing point. However, artistry wins out in the end, and Carter's got more than enough of that. Pass on this one but watch for future volumes where she will shine on the strength of her musicianship, not a produced notion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/1995
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678275029
  • Catalog Number: 82750
  • Sales rank: 17,361

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Regina Carter Primary Artist, Violin
Victor Bailey Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals
Lonnie Plaxico Bass
Damon Duewhite Drums
Mark Ledford Vocals
Steve Turre Trombone
Epizo Bangoura Djembe, talking drum
David Lee Jones Saxophone
Rachel Nicolazzo Synthesizer, Piano
Andrew Daniels Percussion
Carla Cook Vocals
Technical Credits
Victor Bailey Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Yves Beauvais Contributor
Sterling Campbell Composer
Regina Carter Arranger
Warren Cuccurullo Composer
Ice-T Composer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Simon LeBon Composer
Nick Rhodes Composer
Arty Skye Engineer
John Taylor Composer
Frank Gargiulo Art Direction
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