Regina Carter pays tribute to Ella in Bend

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Friday February 02, 2018

From The Bulletin

Regina Carter pays tribute to Ella in Bend: Violinist to make instrument sing at Riverhouse Jazz
By: Brian Mcelhiney

[…] The jazz violinist and bandleader paid tribute to Fitzgerald on her 10th studio album, “Accentuate the Positive,” released in April to mark the 100th anniversary of the First Lady of Song’s birth. But the record isn’t your typical tribute to a jazz singer: With the exception of the title track and “Undecided,” the songs are presented instrumentally, allowing Carter to dig into Fitzgerald’s melodies. Also, Carter focused on lesser-known Fitzgerald songs (again, excepting the title track).

“With every record, it’s always difficult for me to kind of rein myself in and figure out what I’m going to do, because I love music, period. There’s no one form of music that I could say, ‘This is what I’m gonna do,’” Carter said. “… With each project, I try to come up with a theme to help me focus. And so with this project, again, it was just like — the beginning is the most painful, like, what am I gonna do? And a dear friend of mine, Carla Cook, … she said, ‘You always record Ella; you talk about Ella all the time. Her birthday’s coming up; why not do a whole record?’ I never thought of doing a whole record of one person’s music, but it made sense, and especially with Ella because her tastes were all over the place — she did pop music, of course bebop, swing, she did country-western, doo-wop.”

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