Regina Carter: Ella-Accentuate the Positive

Violinist Regina Carter gives homage to the songs that were performed by Ella Fitzgerald, but with her own signature delivery. Her violin is a rich and flowing voice in and of itself, and she teams up with Marvin Sewell/g, Xavier Davis/key, Chris Lightcap/g and Alvester Garnet/dr for a wide variety of moods and textures. With vocalist Miche Braden, the band has a fun revival meeting on the title track, while Carla Cook’s voice delivers a surprisingly funky soul groove with Sewell’s electric guitar on “Undecided.” Thing get real rural with slide guitar earth tones on “I’ll Chase The Clouds away” and folksy during “Reach For Tomorrow.” All of the tunes are arranged by a different artist each time as well; Ben Williams delivers lithe guitar and violin sounds on “Crying in the Chapel” and Chris Lightcap is gospel deep on a bluesy “I’ll Never Be Free.” Carter herself is rich and sensuous in all frames, crying with lusciousness on “Dedicated to You” and lovely sighing on “Judy.” Still, a charmer with pluck.

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