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Regina Carter plays University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts / Chicago Tribune review

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On Friday night, Regina Carter opened the second annual Jazz at the Logan series at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts. Carter played roots music from Carter played roots music from several continents with a degree of care and control one sooner expects to encounter in works of Beethoven and Brahms. Furthermore, she was joined by a quintet of like-minded musicians who ignore distinctions between "high art" and "low," instead addressing jazz, tango, world and various facets of contemporary music with equal respect and ardor.

This wasn't a highbrow violinist stooping to play populist fare in the manner of, say, opera singers who maul Broadway classics. To the contrary, Carter played "Shoo-Rye" with all the verve, ebullience and fire of a country fiddler – but without sacrificing the technical acuity or melodic poetry of her work. When she segued into declamatory vocals, "Shoo-Rye" took listeners to a distant time and place: the world of her grandfather, who was born in 1893 and whose era she explores on her beguiling recent album Southern Comfort. READ THE FULL Chicago Tribune REVIEW.

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