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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Regina Carter has been a lot of places since we last heard from her on I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey, a standards album. That album was released in June; in September she won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship aka "the genius grant". Nearly four years later, she returns with the startling Reverse Thread, a collection based mainly on African songs both modern and traditional, and field recordings with some modern material thrown in. "Hiwumbe Awumba," the opener, is an Abayudaya piece; it is one of three tracks here based on field recordings from Ugandan Jews. While its melody remains intact, Xavier Davis' arrangement creates a contemporary reading utilizing guitar ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Regina Carter has been a lot of places since we last heard from her on I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey, a standards album. That album was released in June; in September she won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship aka "the genius grant". Nearly four years later, she returns with the startling Reverse Thread, a collection based mainly on African songs both modern and traditional, and field recordings with some modern material thrown in. "Hiwumbe Awumba," the opener, is an Abayudaya piece; it is one of three tracks here based on field recordings from Ugandan Jews. While its melody remains intact, Xavier Davis' arrangement creates a contemporary reading utilizing guitar Adam Rogers, violin, acoustic bass Chris Lightcap, accordion Will Holshouser, and drums Alvester Garnett. "Full Time" is based on a celebratory folk song written by electric bassist Mamadou Ba that features Yacouba Sissoko on the kora; the interplay between Carter's violin and Sissoko's kora is lively and dance-like, and Ba's bassline walks the line between funk and reggae. "Un Aguinaldo Pa Regina" was composed by Latin jazz master Papo Vasquez and courses an easy line through lithe, balladic Afro-Cuban son, the tango, and a kiss of flamenco. Carter's only original composition is the gorgeous "Day Dreaming on the Niger," where her violin, Gary Versace's accordion, Ba's electric bass, and Garnett's drums move through an incantatory vamp and groove before she and Versace solo, complementing one another from opposite ends of the skeletal melody. Boubacar Traoré's "Kanou" creates a polyrhythmic base on hand and kit drums, and a melodic base for the interplay between Sissoko, Carter, and Holshouser. It is not only engaging, it is almost breathtaking. The set closes with another of Piece's tunes entitled "Mwana Talitambula," and arranged by Lightcap. Holshouser's accordion states a spare, haunting melody, responded to and elaborated upon by Carter, while the rhythms of the ensemble's dynamics build gradually before whispering to a close. With its musical sophistication and willingness to explore harmonic and rhythmic invention, Reverse Thread embodies the spirit of jazz. It feels like each song was being discovered as it was being recorded, and the end result is an undefinable, uncategorizable beauty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923209027
  • Catalog Number: 2090
  • Sales rank: 16,418

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hiwumbe Awumba (4:50)
  2. 2 Full Time (5:59)
  3. 3 N'teri (5:52)
  4. 4 Artistiya (3:56)
  5. 5 Un Aguinaldo Pa Regina (5:27)
  6. 6 Kothbiro (Intro) (0:32)
  7. 7 Kothbiro (6:03)
  8. 8 Zerapiky (3:57)
  9. 9 Day Dreaming on the Niger (6:15)
  10. 10 Juru Nani/God Be with You (4:09)
  11. 11 Kanou (5:52)
  12. 12 Mwana Talitambula (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Regina Carter Primary Artist, Violin, Hand Clapping
Joe Ferla Hand Clapping
Adam Rogers Guitar
Will Holshouser Accordion
Alvester Garnett Percussion, Drums, Hand Clapping
Gary Versace Accordion
Chris Lightcap Bass, Acoustic Bass
Yacouba Sissoko Kora
Mamadou Ba Bass, Electric Bass
Technical Credits
John Blake Producer
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Papo Vazquez Arranger, Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Regina Carter Arranger, Composer, Producer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Ayub Ogada Composer
Boubacar Traoré Composer
Sherman Irby Arranger
Habib Koité Composer
Darryl Pitt Executive Producer
Xavier Davis Arranger
Will Holshouser Arranger
Andy Farber Arranger
Bassekou Kouyate Composer
Chris Lightcap Arranger
Mariam Doumbia Composer
Traditional Composer
Mamadou Ba Arranger, Composer
Reginald Washington Composer
James Achieng Composer
Tom Takigayama Art Direction
Sonya Clark Sculpture
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