Terri Lyne Carrington On JazzSet

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Friday September 27, 2013

From NPR

Terri Lyne Carrington On JazzSet
By Becca Pulliam

Money Jungle has a story. One day in 1962, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach recorded an album and gave it that provocative title. The repertoire was new blues by Ellington, who was in his 60s, while Roach and Mingus were each about 40. As George Wein wrote in the liner notes to the LP, they were a triumvirate, not a trio.

Terri Lyne Carrington was born in 1965 into a family of jazz musicians in Boston; drums were her destiny. By her teens, Carrington had played with Clark Terry and Buddy Rich. On the new album, there’s a photo of her young self playing drums as Max Roach looks on. Now a Grammy winner working at a creative peak, Carrington is full of ideas, as well as the skill and sophistication to realize them.

So, when she found Money Jungle in a music store’s discount bin, her reaction was to think she could do something with this music. It’s a heavy dream, as Carrington herself has said: “When you start rearranging Duke Ellington, you better feel good about it.”

In her new take on the title tune, “Money Jungle,” she inserts spoken word from historical and contemporary sources over a pulsating, unforgettable beat. (Remember that in the late 1920s, people called Ellington’s music “jungle music.”) She has narrator Shea Rose introduce Ellington’s movements for his bandmates ‘” “A Little Max” and “Switch Blade” ‘” with a short biography and quote from each. Guest pianist Gerald Clayton contributes “Cut Off” for Ellington, and Clayton’s piano moves this music forward with confidence. (Incidentally, Clayton has his own new album, Life Forum, with vocals and spoken word.)

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