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Regina Carter (right) with Yacouba Sissoko.
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June 5, 2014 From a traditional blessing to a children's dance, hear a violin address the African diaspora — and a trumpet tell a bedtime story.
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"The beauty was in the rawness," Regina Carter says of the field recordings that inspired her new album, Southern Comfort.
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March 5, 2014 "The beauty was in the rawness," says the violinist, who based her latest album around field recordings from the American South.
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August 19, 2011 The violinist brings her stellar technique and infectious energy to bear when she joins host Marian McPartland for "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "In a Sentimental Mood."
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Regina Carter performs at the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
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August 6, 2011 Hear Carter and her unique band — featuring kora (and accordion — perform at Newport.
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Get the popcorn ready.
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February 16, 2011 Jazz musicians have long embraced popular songs from Broadway musicals, film and television and made those songs their own. Hear songs from Cars, Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs reinterpreted by the likes of Regina Carter, Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis.
Jonsi performs on stage during Day 3 of the Splendour in the Grass music festival at Woodfordia on August 1, 2010, in Woodford, Australia.
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December 7, 2010 This isn't a list of 2010's "best" albums; that designation has more to do with consensus anyway. Instead, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson picks 10 records that roll around in relatable emotions.
December 1, 2010 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Regina Carter, Four Tet, Flying Lotus and more artists from C to G.
Regina Carter says she's drawn to the dark, lower-pitched registers of the violin.
May 21, 2010 Carter's new album marks a new direction for the jazz violinist: The record interprets African folk songs, both traditional and contemporary. Carter and members of her band recently visited NPR to explain and perform songs from Reverse Thread.
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April 27, 2010 The violin was partly responsible for bringing non-Americans to jazz. In the very early days of the genre, it was a European, Stephane Grappelli, who really carved out a place in jazz for the violin in the post-WWII era. Hear five examples of the way the instrument has blended seamlessly into decades of jazz.
Regina Carter performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
April 11, 2010 Carter's violin has expressed moods inspired by European classical, bebop, Afro-Cuban and Southern blues music. On her new album Reverse Thread, and in this recent performance at the NPR Music offices, Carter plays traditional African melodies, re-imagined through her own jazz sensibilities.
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