Whether or not Regina Carter intended to create a trilogy, Southern Comfort is the third piece in a series that began with 2006’s I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey and continued with 2010’s Reverse Thread. On the former, the violinist reimagined 20th-century popular songs favored by her late mother-music sourced from Ella, Rodgers and Hart, Ellington and the like-while on the more recent set she looked to traditional and contemporary African music for inspiration. This time Carter honors her coalminer grandfather by connecting with music he might have heard: Appalachian and Cajun fiddle tunes, folksongs, blues, country and gospel tunes, some found on century-old field recordings. That she ties the strands together cohesively and makes the music her own is a testament to Carter’s transformative gift.
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