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Love Song for August

Read "Love Song for August" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The first broadcast in August included new releases from Veronica Swift, John Storie, Wendy Kirkland, Gretje Angell, Sara Gazarek and Wayne Wallace and Moy Eng, with birthday shout outs to Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianists Diane Moser and Josh Nelson, plus vocalists Kat Edmonson, KJ Denhart, Kevin Mahogany, Baby Jane Dexter, and Gregory Generet among others. Playlist Louis Armstrong “My Heart" from The Hot Fives, Vol. 1 (Columbia Legacy) 00:00 Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstong ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science at Cologne Philharmonic

Read "Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science at Cologne Philharmonic" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science Cologne Philharmonic Cologne, Germany January 26, 2019 When outspoken American artists perform before European crowds, it is always interesting for US expats to observe both the message and its reception, especially in today's politically charged era. In the case of Carrington and her colleagues' passionate national themes, their ideas and presentation were clearly appreciated overall. That's not to say everyone present loved the show, there was some ...

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Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot

Read "Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues Tribute at The Cabot" reviewed by Doug Hall

Bessie-Empress of the Blues Tribute The Cabot Beverly, MA December 4, 2018 In a wonderful coincidence of timing, The Cabot, in Beverly, Ma. celebrated and honored the great and legendary blues vocalist icon, The Empress of the Blues--Bessie Smith -at the very same time the beautiful newly renovated 1920's theater venue is turning 100 years old with this fund-raising kick-off event. Smith was performing in the 1920's, establishing a singing career with her distinctive passionate ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington at Royce Hall

Read "Terri Lyne Carrington at Royce Hall" reviewed by Cristofer Gross

Terri Lyne Carrington Celebrating Tina Turner, Nancy Wilson and Joni Mitchell Royce Hall Los Angeles, CA November 9, 2018 In 1998, Terri Lyne Carrington was the second musician to arrive for one of Herbie Hancock's Gershwin's World recording sessions. Joni Mitchell was already there, and while they waited for saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bassist Ira Coleman, Stevie Wonder, who would add his sweet signature harmonica, and Hancock, Carrington sat at her drum kit listening to ...

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Terri Lyne Carrington: The Long Road

Read "Terri Lyne Carrington: The Long Road" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"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

Read "The Mosaic Project" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

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

Read "Structure" reviewed by John Kelman

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

Read "Structure" reviewed by Russ Musto

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

Read "Jazz is a Spirit" reviewed by David Adler

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

Read "Jazz is a Spirit" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A Street Poem...

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

Read "Meet Terri Lyne Carrington" reviewed by Craig Jolley

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

Read "Jazz Is A Spirit" reviewed by Jim Santella

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 ...


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