Terri Lyne Carrington: Structure (2004)
Opening with her own pensive "Mindful Intent," the drummer announces her aim to create music that is cerebrally rewarding. Osby and Rogers alternate unison and counter melodies over Haslip's ominous bass and the drummer's percussion line, which utilizes an Afro-Cuban figure to give it a funky feel. Osby's dark brooding "Black Halo" follows in much the same atmospheric mood. On the date's one popular song, "Ethiopia," Carrington reveals herself to be a fine vocalist, delivering a heartfelt reading of Joni Mitchell's often ironic lyric. Rogers' "The Invisible" is a briskly articulated melodic line with a sense of urgency reinforced by the leader's idea compiling nonlinear rhythms. Haslip's "Spiral" is a lyrical line deliberately delivered to showcase the composer's melodicism.
Track Listing: 1 Mindful Intent 5:31 2 Black Halo 6:25 3 Ethiopia 6:18 4 The Invisible 6:22 5 Spiral 6:22 6 Facets Squared 4:30 7 Solace 5:23 8 Fire Barguiarena, 8:31 9 Omega 5:20 10 Columbus, Ohio 4:47
Personnel: Terri Lyne Carrington: Percussion, Drums, Vocals; Jimmy Haslip: Bass; Greg Osby: Alto Sax ; Adam Rogers: Acoustic and Electric Guitar.
Record Label: ACT Music