Music: Take a Bow

Jazz violinist Regina Carter breaks out

The most celebrated figures in jazz tend to play one of a limited set of instruments: piano, trumpet, saxophone, a few others. The most celebrated instrumentalists in jazz also tend to be men, with women, for the most part, relegated to finding fame as vocalists. Regina Carter breaks the rules: she's a female instrumentalist, not a singer, and she plays the violin, which, although it has a long history in jazz, is not considered by all fans to be a core jazz instrument. However, for Carter, her violin is her voice--soaring, sighing, demanding, convincing. Carter's previous album, Something for Grace, was...

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