Motor City Moments
Blessed with a vibrant violin style that embraces everyone from Stuff Smith and Ray Nance to Jean-Luc Ponty, Regina Carter gives a swinging shout-out to her hometown, Detroit, on Motor City Moments. Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave and saxophonist-bass clarinetist James Carter lend their beautiful tones to Thad Jones’s boppish “Don’t Git Sassy,” and the haunting “Love Theme from Spartacus.” Marvin Gaye’s “Don’t Mess with Mister T,” Milt Jackson’s “For Someone I Love,” and Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” move with a Latin beat. Another Motown great, pianist Barry Harris, lends his Thelonious Monk-Bud Powell lines on his duo with Carter on “Fukai Aijo” and on Lucky Thompson’s Charlie Parker -inspired “Prey Loot.” Guitarist Russell Malone sits in with Carter on “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and the bluesy “Up South” pays tribute to the Southern heritage of Detroit’s black population, which gave the world some beautiful music. –Eugene Holley Jr.