Regina Carter (right) with Yacouba Sissoko. Ayano His/Newport Jazz Festival hide caption

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"The beauty was in the rawness," Regina Carter says of the field recordings that inspired her new album, Southern Comfort. David Katzenstein/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Regina Carter performs at the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival. Erik Jacobs for NPR hide caption

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Newport Jazz Festival

Regina Carter's Reverse Thread: Newport Jazz 2011

Hear Carter and her unique band — featuring kora (and accordion — perform at Newport.

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Jonsi performs on stage during Day 3 of the Splendour in the Grass music festival at Woodfordia on August 1, 2010, in Woodford, Australia. Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images hide caption

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Regina Carter says she's drawn to the dark, lower-pitched registers of the violin. Rahav Segev hide caption

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