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Terri Lyne Carrington: The Long Road

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"Better Git It in Your Soul," a perspicacious jazz man once communicated in a song title more than half a century ago. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington wasn't even born yet, but she sure did have it in her soul upon arrival. Long before she was even aware of bassist Charles Mingus, the author of those words, she had “it." It was rhythm and she exuded it and fostered it at a very early age.She played a show with ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project

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Historically, female artists have not gotten the props they've deserved in jazz's male-dominated environment. Though imperfect, things have improved, thanks in part to the efforts of Billie Holiday, Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, and other matriarchs who helped pave the way for a current generation of stellar voices as assembled in drummer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington's exceptional The Mosaic Project. Carrington's world-class drumming equals anyone in the music business, enriching recordings and performances from the great Herbie Hancock ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington/Adam Rogers/Jimmy Haslip/Greg Osby: Structure

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Structure is both aptly named and a bit of a misnomer. The generally idiosyncratic writing, while clearly rooted in form, also manages to be liberated enough so as to give the recording a more exploratory vibe. Sure, pieces like guitarist Adam Rogers' “Columbus, Ohio," with its folksy complexion, are more about soloing over a clearly-defined structure, but for the most part the music--composed by everyone involved--is harmonically and rhythmically complex enough to make things more tenuous when everyone decides to ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington: Structure

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Terri Lyne Carrington's newest disc is her most focused and cohesive effort to date. The coproduction by the multitalented drummer with Yellowjackets electric bassist Jimmy Haslip may not be what fans of her hard bop or funk-driven projects would expect, but the music is bound to please discerning listeners. Structure is an atypical fusion date, combining elements of early ECM and M-BASE music into a heady concoction that is both physically and mentally stimulating. TLC leads the essentially cooperative quartet ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington: Jazz is a Spirit

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The fact that Terri Lyne Carrington’s output as a leader has been quite spare makes her new album, Jazz Is a Spirit, all the more noteworthy. Her second and third efforts as a leader, Real Life Story and the little-known Voice & Music, were fairly commercial in nature. But this new album finds her at the helm of a fiery acoustic lineup, with bassist Bob Hurst and tenor saxophonist Gary Thomas as the most stable elements (much like her debut ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington: Jazz is a Spirit

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Jazz is a Spirit is a hip, high profile offering by drummer/percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington. Carrington fingers the best jazz talent performing today for inclusion on her current rumination. This talent includes the young lions Wallace Roney and Terence Blanchard (who both breathe the spirit of Miles), mainstream icons Kevin Eubanks and Gary Thomas, as well as the established old guard, could it be? Herbie Hancock? This is Carrington’s first date as a leader since 1989’s Real ...

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Meet Terri Lyne Carrington

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Drummer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington found her voice early. Unlike other child prodigies she was not transfixed by her early success and has continued to grow musically. Besides her brilliance as a drummer she is now established as a bandleader and producer. She records and tours with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and many others.New CD: Jazz Is Spirit (The ACT Company)Wayne Shorter said “Jazz means, No category." I want to take the listeners to places. They may ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington: Jazz Is A Spirit

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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 ...