Friday, June 03, 2005

Another jazzed violin

When it comes to jazz violin, Regina Carter is the obvious descendent of Stuff Smith, maybe the swingingest violinist ever. Jenny Scheinman may not swing quite as hard and she's not possessed of that Motor City funk thing Detroit native Carter has.

But she's got Carter's ability to roll out classical chops where it works and she's better, I think, at the kind of intricate improvised runs I saw her engage in last month in Chicago as part of Bill Frisell's "Unspeakable" band. She's also adept at Jewish and Eastern European folk music forms.

You get all this on "Shalagaster," and Myra Melford on piano and harmonium as well, a new Scheinman-led CD I recommend.

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