Erik Jacobs for NPR
Regina Carter performs at the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Like many jazz musicians before her, violinist Regina Carter has been mining her African cultural inheritance through music. Hers is a postmodern approach; her latest record, Reverse Thread, is as likely to source from field recordings of Ugandan Jews as from contemporary Afropop and beyond. It's also delightfully easygoing, intricate yet breezy. Carter and her unique band — featuring kora (West African harp) and accordion — open the main Fort Stage with a bright, vibrant show.
Personnel: Regina Carter, violin; Will Holshouser, accordion; Yacouba Sissoko, kora; Chris Lightcap, bass; Alvester Garnett, drums.