The Mosaic Project A Fresh and Accessible Album

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Thursday January 17, 2013


Zivit Recommends: The Mosaic Project
By Zivit Shlank

Drummer, composer, producer, and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has been on the scene for over 20 years, and her interpretation of jazz has always blurred the alleged boundaries of the genre. She’s a self-proclaimed jazz head who creates complexly evocative melodies and harmonies cross-bred with funk, soul, and pop elements.

Her most recent effort, The Mosaic Project, is an ambitious, multi-faceted CD featuring a distinctive, all-star female ensemble that includes Anat Cohen, Ingrid Jensen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson, and Esperanza Spalding, among others. They each provide a myriad of pigments, shapes and textures that coalesce into a heady mosaic between your ears.

The Mosaic Project is mostly comprised of original works, but there are also some flavorful covers of classic tunes by The Beatles (“Michelle”) and Al Green (“Simply Beautiful”). For those of you already smitten with jazz, this will undoubtedly offer a fresh perspective. For those of you who claim you don’t really like or understand jazz, this is the perfect, accessible bridge between bebop and hip-hop. Pay the toll and walk across.

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