Although primarily known as a jazz violinist, Regina Carter is a true eclectic whose highly distinctive style is strongly influenced by her classical training and the array of music she heard growing up in Detroit. Thus, she's played with a vast range of artists, from symphony orchestras to Wynton Marsalis, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, and Mary J. Blige. Her own albums, meanwhile, have ranged all over the map, from straight-ahead jazz and swing to Motown, blues, Great American Songbook standards, and Paganini. Carter's wonderfully rich violin alternately soars and insinuates itself into whatever material she's tackling. Her current tour focuses on material from her forthcoming album, Reverse Thread, due out in mid-May. Unlike anything she's done before, Thread is largely based on field recordings of African folk tunes, which she brings into the contemporary realm with the utmost sensitivity. Ancient melodies pick up backbeats or sizzling jazz forays, while rhythmic intrigues are spawned by numerous cross-Atlantic journeys. To help keep the material grounded in Africa, Carter complemented her regular rhythm section with kora master Yacouba Sissoko and accordionist Will Holshouser. They'll be on hand here, along with bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Alvester Garnett.
Mon., March 15, 7:30 p.m., 2010