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Tuesday July 25, 2017

From NPR

The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project (Concord Jazz, 2011)

Some will say jazz, in a word, is improvisation. An equally appropriate word might be transformation: Each player comes to the gig with her arsenal of licks and voicings, but when the tune starts it’s all about reacting to and being inspired by one another, giving each other space to create and shaping the simultaneous offerings into a transmuted whole. Fittingly, “Transformation,” a cover of the Nona Hendryx track sung by Hendryx herself, set the tone for drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s formidable convention of female musicians. Nestled confidently between jazz and R&B, her album The Mosaic Project was at turns brainy, sassy, soulful and revolutionary — rather like the women it celebrated. Carrington’s project, which spawned a sequel album in 2015, remains a necessary intervention in a musical community whose presumed leading lights still allege that women don’t care for solos. (Tell that to Ingrid Jensen, or Esperanza Spalding, or the late Geri Allen, or any of the other women who played fine solos on this record.) It sounded like a communal metamorphosis, a circle of women passing inspiration —as rapper Shea Rose declared in “Sisters On The Rise” — “from a sister to another to another funky sister.”

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