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Terri Lyne Carrington – The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul

Then comes the romantic side of jazz. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington dives deep into the realm of charm, affection and personal relationships with The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul (Concord Records, 2015).

Each of the 12 songs is fronted by a different vocalist. Carrington and the singers are accompanied by a variable lineup of all-female musicians. They are: Amy Bellamy, piano, keyboards, organ, Rhodes, Elin Sandberg, bass on “Come Sunday”; Angie Swan, guitar and acoustic guitar; Tia Fuller, alto saxophone and flute; Negah Santos and Zayra Pola, percussion; TLC, drums, programming, “additional” guitar and backing vocals; Rhonda Smith, Linda Oh and Meshell Ndegeocello, bass; Linda Taylor and Felicia Collins, guitar; Tineke Postma, soprano sax; Paulette McWilliams, background vocals on “For You to Love”; Valerie Simpson, piano on “For You to Love”; Rachel Z, Rhodes, keyboards and piano; Melissa Aldana, tenor sax on “For You to Love”; Elena Pinderhughes, flute; Tanya Darby, Arnetta Johnson and Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Netta Ranaan, tenor sax; Geri Allen, piano on “Somebody Told a Lie”; Lalah Hathaway, background vocals on “Imagine This”; Lauren Fuller, keyboards, piano, Rhodes; Merissa Magdael-Lauron, trombone; Alyson Williams, background vocals; Patrice Rushen, piano and Rhodes; Helen Sung, Rhodes on “Can’t Resist”; Regina Carter, violin on “You Just Can’t Smile It Away”; Grace Kelly, soprano sax solo on “When I Found You”; DJ Val Jeanty, turntable on “When I Found You.”

The singers, in order of appearance, are Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Oleta Adams, Jaguar Wright, Valerie Simpson, Nancy Wilson, Chante Moore, Lalah Hathaway, Carrington, Paula Cole, Ledisi and Lizz Wright.

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Terri Lyne Carrington – Money Jungle

Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington has been haunted by Duke Ellington. More to the point, she’s been haunted since first hearing a recording she picked up in a discount bin around 2003. It was a trio recording featuring Ellington with bassist Charlie Mingus and drummer Max Roach: Money Jungle. That recording was a commentary on the ongoing battle between art and profit.

Carrington decided to bring in keyboardist Gerald Clayton and bassist Christian McBride to recapture the spirit of that recording, while making it fresh with her own interpretations. Money Jungle (Concord Jazz, 2013) features the trio with eight arrangements of Ellington’s music, plus two originals by Carrington and one by Clayton. Others who contribute here and there are Robin Eubanks, trombone; Tia Fuller, alto flute; Antonio Hart, flute; Nir Felder, guitar; Arturo Stable, percussion; Shea Rose and Lizz Wright, voice tracks; Herbie Hancock, the voice of Ellington on “Rem Blues/Music”; and Clark Terry, voice and trumpet on “Fleurette Africain.”

The title track’s opening voice-over paints a vivid picture: It’s all about money, set to the backdrop of Carrington’s toms. Then the band kicks in, with McBride’s snapping bass licks helping set the tone and Clayton taking point. The song, as stated by the voice-over, is a dark look at the world and the cynical view that people only exist to make money – not for their material gains but to keep the machine going. The closing sequence of the song is overlaid with actual sound bites of political figures speaking about current economic issues, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Terri Lyne Carrington – The Mosaic Project

However you want to shake it up, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic (Concord Jazz, 2011) captures the essence of the title in a big way.

For her fifth album as a leader, Carrington calls on the talents of 20 musical sisters, both instrumentalists and vocalists. From the liner notes: “As with mosaic artwork, the goal for this project is to vibrantly connect colorful pieces together to create something integral, using thoroughly composed song forms, some abstract improvising, and also the human voice – to create sharp shapes, with blurred edges.”

Seldom does a recording meet such a goal so effectively, diversely and beautifully. From Carrington’s arrangements of the Beatles’ “Michelle” and Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful,” to the originals, “Wistful” and “Crayola,” penned by Carrington and Esperanza Spalding, respectively, this set is as good as it gets, giving the listener some straight jazz instrumentals as well charming vocals.

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Terri Lyne Carrington – Mosaic

If anyone is paying close enough attention to the entertainment world, they might see a bit of a trend: black women in the spotlight. Beyoncé’s new single ‘Run The World (Girls)’ is all about women taking over … basically everything. Queen Latifah is set to executive produce a newly scripted series on VH1 called ‘Single Ladies’ starring Lisa Raye and Stacey Dash. And Maya Rudolph, late of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ is getting shine with her starring role in the box-office hit ‘Bridesmaids.’ And now comes another notable addition — drummer Terri Lyne Carrington‘s new project, ‘Mosaic.’

Yesterday the jazz drummer announced the release of her fifth album, a special 14-song project featuring some of the most prominent female jazz artists playing today. Guests include Esperanza Spalding, the gifted vocalist/bassist who beat out Justin Bieber for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammys, singers Cassandra Wilson and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and pianist Geri Allen.

In the male-dominated jazz world, Carrington has amassed a stellar reputation as one of the best drummers in the genre. For 25 years, the Berklee College of Music alumn and now professor has worked with a number of well-known musicians, most notably Herbie Hancock, who she played behind for 10 years. Carrington received a scholarship to Berklee at the age of 11, and her illustrious career since has included a broad range of collaborative efforts. She was drummer for the house band on the 1990’s late-night talk show, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show,’ and teamed with the singer Peabo Bryson on the 1996 Summer Olympic Games anthem, “Always Reach For Your Dreams.”

For Carrington, ‘Mosaic‘ is not so much a politicized social statement about gender equality in the jazz world as it is a testament to the wealth of talented female jazz musicians. “When I started playing 25 years ago, I might have felt limited by the pool of available musicians,” said Carringon in a recent statement. “But now there are so many talented women [out there].”

Mosaic‘ is scheduled for a July 19 release.

Source:  Concord Records