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Regina Carter: Motor City Moments

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It took some time before violin virtuoso Regina Carter released a solo record that is as sensational as her playing. Carter’s first two records sunk with the same schizophrenic sounds that defined the albums of her former band, Straight Ahead. Her third album, last year’s Rhythms of the Heart, found Carter tilling more fertile ground as she explored a multitude of rhythmic styles. But Carter’s newest venture, Motor City Moments, a soulful shout-out to her stylistically diverse Detroit hometown, is her best yet.

Detroit’s rich musical legacy, from bebop and R&B to Latin and electronica, gives Carter plenty of room to roam. But this time she designed a musical paradigm that’s varied and seamless, whether it’s the jubilant stomp of Harry Warren and Mack Gordon’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo” or the inventive Latinized take on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”

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