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  • Personnel: Regina Carter (violin); Nicki Richards (vocals); Michael Bearden (piano, organ, keyboards, drum programming); Werner "Vana" Gierig (piano, synthesizers); Oriente Lopez (piano); Jane Getter (guitar); Kenny Davis (acoustic bass); Tracey Wormworth (bass); Rocky Bryant, Lewis Nash (drums); Johnny Almendra, Mayra Casales (percussion).
  • Producers: Arif Mardin, Regina Carter, Yves Beauvais, Werner Gierig, Oriente Lopez, Michael Bearden.
  • Engineers: Michael O'Reilly, Mike Krowiak, Scott Ansell, Michael Bearden.
  • Recorded at Sorcerer Sound Studios, New York, New York.
  • All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
  • Personnel: Regina Carter (violin); Nicki Richards (vocals); Jane Getter (guitar); Michael Bearden (piano, organ, keyboards, drum programming); Werner "Vana" Gierig, Oriente Lopez (piano, synthesizer); Kenny Davis (acoustic bass); Tracy Wormworth (electric bass); Lewis Nash (drums, cymbals); Rocky Bryant (drums); Andreu Johnny Almendra (cymbals, percussion); Mayra Casales (percussion); Joe Mardin (loops).
  • Audio Mixers: Michael Bearden; Michael O'Reilly.
  • Recording information: Sorcerer Sound Studios; NYC.
  • Photographer: Darryl Turner.
  • Arrangers: Michael Bearden; Arif Mardin.
  • Regina Carter (who has a beautiful tone and a swinging style) is one of the top new jazz violinists of the 1990s, and the more memorable selections on this CD are so strong that they almost allow one to overlook the three throwaway pop/R&B songs. Unfortunately, the opening "Downtown Underground" is one of the losers, and the Nicki Richards vocal piece "Late Night Mood" (which recording executive talked Carter into recording that turkey?) is so lightweight that it should have been released on another album. In contrast are near-classic renditions of Eddie Harris' "Listen Here" and Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes"; Carter's haunting ballad "Reflections" deserves to become a standard. A mixed bag, but overall this CD is recommended, with reservations. ~ Scott Yanow
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (12/97, pp.76-77) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...Carter is her own woman and she records the kind of music that she deems suitable for honest expression..."

Vibe (6-7/97, p.156) - "...If you have nightmares about squeaky grade school violin recitals, Carter's bowmanship will wake you with tenderness."
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