Regina Carter: Southern Comfort
Regina Carter presents Southern Comfort
For Regina Carter, the violin isn’t merely an improvisational vehicle. It’s a Rosetta stone that unlocks the door to myriad cultures and worlds. An intrepid musical explorer, Carter has greatly expanded her violin odyssey since being awarded a coveted 2006 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship. She began researching the African roots of the violin, which resulted in her acclaimed 2010 album Reverse Thread. A transition from the exploration of her African ancestry to her family history marks the continuation of her Reverse Thread project entitled Southern Comfort, the fresh musical journey she brings to SFJAZZ for her final week as Resident Artistic Director, and the title of her new Sony Masterworks release. Trading the West African kora for a slide guitar, she has collected songs redolent of her father’s roots in Alabama for a celebration of the joyous music that infused her early childhood, tracing blues, gospel, spirituals, folk and country music as they evolved with jazz, R&B and global influences in the latter half of the 20th century. From timeless traditional tunes of the South to a gloriously re-imagined take on the music of Hank Williams, Southern Comfort is a vivid travelogue of the music at the heart of the American experience, brought to life by a modern master.