|July 19, 2011|
Review By: Cheryl Armour
Jazz drummer-composer-arranger-vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has worked with some of the most elite jazz artists in the music industry over the past 25 years. She has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, and George Duke just to name a few. For her latest album, “The Mosaic Project,” Carrington has assembled an all-star ensemble of female artists. Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Esperanza Spalding, Helen Sung, Tineke Postma, Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, Ingrid Jensen, Sheila E., and Gretchen Parlato lend their unique talents to what is truly a celebration of female artists. Although classified as a contemporary jazz album, “Mosaic” is a mix of pop, soul, funk and fusion influences.
Angela Davis Cassandra Wilson
Esperanza Spalding not only plays acoustic bass on the album but also sings on a couple of tracks, including the haunting melody “Unconditional Love.” Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater does “Soul Talk” while Cassandra Wilson lends her style to a rendition of Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful.” “Echo” opens with a brief commentary by civil rights activist Angela Davis with vocals by Dianne Reeves. Gretchen Parlato is the featured vocalist on Carrington’s arrangements of Irving Berlin’s “I Got Lost in His Arms’’ and the Beatles’ “Michelle.” Carrington wrote “Magic and Music” in honor of the late Teena Marie who was a very close friend.
Terri, Patrice Rushen and Shelia E.
“Mosaic” crosses genres, cultures and age groups. With a little something for everyone from amazing musicianship to stellar vocals, outstanding composing and arranging to bits of improvisation, spoken word and rap to renditions of classic jazz tunes, this album is sure to appeal to a broad group of listeners. Carrington succeeds in blending pieces featuring a diverse group of musicians and vocalists of different ages and musical backgrounds into a cohesive, soulful and vibrant collection.
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