We're heading for spring with a JazzSet from the Newport Jazz Festival, the Fort Adams stage. Tune in for Regina Carter's Reverse Thread and Wynton Marsalis on WBGO 88.3 FM / wbgo.org this Sunday night, March 18, at 6 and Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30.
To listen now, click over to wbgo.org/jazzset. For a 30-second taste, try this:
For the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival line-up, visit our WBGO Festival Calendar, here.
[caption id="attachment_9133" align="aligncenter" width="566" caption="ABOVE: Regina Carter's Reverse Thread .. Yacouba Sissoko on kora and Carter on violin .. BELOW:Wynton Marsalis, tpt, and Carlos Henriques, bass .. courtesy of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival (c) Ayano Hisa"][/caption]
Often a performer's first stop is the Jazz Festival press room, where they sign THE POSTER.
Regina Carter's next stop, before her sound check, was at WBGO-in-Montreal. I asked her about the traveling. Regina carries the violin on her back, and Alvester Garnett - her husband and band mate - straps a cymbal case to his. They came up from Newark on a flight with WBGO's Thurston Briscoe.
Here she plays "Artistiya" from the album Reverse Thread. Regina's dance/momentum is building at the fadeout.
On Reverse Thread, Carter musically traces the sound of jazz to African folk tunes through the strings of her violin, the percussion, the kora or -- here in Montreal -- the Colombian harp, bass, and the natural-breathing music of the accordion. She talks about the kora --> harp substitution in this clip.
-- Becca Pulliam