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Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA 2019

There had never been anything like it before at Spoleto Festival USA—four consecutive days of 100-degree heat—and nothing like it before in Charleston, S.C., where temperatures that torrid had not previously been recorded in May. Fortunately, two of the three outdoor headliners in Spoleto’s jazz lineup skirted the worst of the heat wave: bassist and … Read More “Live Review: Spoleto Festival USA 2019”

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Live Review: Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival Opening Night

This year it made perfect sense for the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival to honor pianist, composer, and educator Geri Allen, who performed at the festival numerous times and passed unexpectedly nearly two years ago at the age of 60. Even more appropriate was that the evening’s homage, MC’d by Dee Dee Bridgewater, was produced … Read More “Live Review: Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival Opening Night”

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Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio: Perfection

As great as saxophonist David Murray, pianist Geri Allen and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington are separately, it’s truly difficult to remember the last time any of them sounded as good as they all do together on Perfection. The members of the jazz “power trio” share a chemistry that gives their music remarkable strength. That chemistry … Read More “Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio: Perfection”

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Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul

Love and Soul is a natural, if not as satisfying, sequel to The Mosaic Project, the 2011 release that won drummer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington a Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy the following year. That maiden entry found Carrington steering an all-star, all-female cast (Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen, Dianne Reeves and many … Read More “Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul”

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Terri Lyne Carrington: Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue

On her 50th-anniversary tribute to the Duke Ellington-Charles Mingus-Max Roach sessions that produced the original Money Jungle, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington wisely chooses not to attempt a reproduction of the earlier work but rather to approximate and contemporize its essence. With Christian McBride (bass) and Gerald Clayton (piano) filling out the core trio, and horns … Read More “Terri Lyne Carrington: Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue”

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Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project

Terri Lyne Carrington occupies a frustrating niche. You’d be hard-pressed to find a “women-in-jazz” article or radio program that excludes her, yet at the same time her undeniable prowess and power as a drummer has led some to brand her “one of the guys”-as if the very notion of a female skin-pounder is somehow unnatural. … Read More “Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project”

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