Terri Lyne Carrington's 'Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue' a Fresh Interpretation

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Friday February 08, 2013

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Music Review: Terri Lyne Carrington – Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue
By: Phillip Barnett

It can be difficult to pay musical homage to a legend, particularly one as towering as Duke Ellington. How do you interpret the music in a fresh way, preventing the music from sounding stale, while keeping the original spirit intact? This challenge is tackled by Terri Lyne Carrington in her new CD Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue.

The original Money Jungle album, released in 1963, was a collaboration between Ellington, bassist Charles Mingus, and drummer Max Roach. Mingus and Roach, of course, were musical giants of the post-bop era. Ellington, in addition to his genius as a composer and bandleader, was an inventive and innovative pianist, and Money Jungle is a interesting melding of styles and personalities. Most of the songs were written by Ellington for the LP (with the exceptions of ‘Warm Valley’, ‘Caravan’, and ‘Solitude’).

The 47-year-old Carrington, a drummer, composer, educator, and singer is well known in jazz circles. She’s played with a musical who’s who, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, and David Sanborn. Fans of The Arsenio Hall Show will remember her as the house drummer. She’s released several albums in her own name. Her 2011 effort The Mosaic Project, featuring many well-known female artists, won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

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