264

Terri Lyne Carrington: Jazz Is A Spirit

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
In 1989, Terri Lyne Carrington moved to Los Angeles, where she took on the responsibility of house drummer for Arsenio Hall's late night television talk show. It gave her the opportunity to work with artists from different backgrounds; but it did not – as is often the case – tempt her into a watering-down of her love for great jazz. The ACT record label specializes in jazz, world music and world jazz: without boundaries. Like Carrington, the label feels that good music must come from the heart, with spirit. An artist must believe the concept. It's gotta come from within.

Her album expresses the spirit of jazz. A Wayne Shorter composition, a Lars Danielson piece, and ten originals provide the framework. There are also two superb unaccompanied drum tracks: one including the voice of "Papa" Jo Jones, not too long before he passed on. She and the band members interpret each mainstream selection with personality. Carrington's position isn't flashy or loud, routine or overbearing. Call her Ms. Taste. She colors each mood and shades every melody with textures that capture her intent. Brushes, shimmering cymbals, light sticks and thundering mallets cover the bases. Carrington's spotless technique merely assists in getting the band to work together. They do.

Gary Thomas, Paul Bollenback, Wallace Roney, Bob Hurst and Greg Kurstin share most of the session with Carrington. Their spirits soar, and her acoustic, straight-ahead session remains tasteful. It's a group effort. Solos fit together seamlessly and ensemble work predominates. Guests Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock make a significant impact. Put this one at the top of your "best of" list for the year. Audio samples are available at www.terrilynecarrington.com .

Jazz Is A Spirit was released February 25, 2002 in Germany and won't be available in the U.S. until September. ACT online , however, can help you find a distributor.


Track Listing: Jazz Is; Little Jump; The Corner; Lost Star; Samsara; Journey Agent; Journey East from West; Journey of Now; Giggles; Middle Way; Princess; Witch Hunt; Mr. Jo Jones; Jazz Is a Spirit.

Personnel: Terri Lyne Carrington- drums; Malcolm-Jamal Warner- spoken word, electric bass; Bob Hurst- acoustic bass; Herbie Hancock- piano; Greg Kurstin- piano, keyboard; Kevin Eubanks, Jeff Richman, Paul Bollenback, Danny Robinson- guitar; Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard- trumpet; Gary Thomas- tenor saxophone, flute added on "The Corner," soprano saxophone on "Princess;" Katisse Buckingham- soprano saxophone on "The Corner;" Ed Barguiarena, Darryl "Munyungo" Jackson- percussion.

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: ACT Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Planet" CD/LP/Track Review Planet
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 28, 2016
Read "Pássaros: The Foundation of the Island" CD/LP/Track Review Pássaros: The Foundation of the Island
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: July 6, 2016
Read "Beekman Vol. 02" CD/LP/Track Review Beekman Vol. 02
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 23, 2016
Read "Process And Reality" CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Calm" CD/LP/Track Review Calm
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 25, 2016
Read "Canvas" CD/LP/Track Review Canvas
by Budd Kopman
Published: April 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!