Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Drummer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington won a Grammy in 2012 for her genre-blurring Mosaic Project, which blended the voices and instruments of an all-female cast in a series of bold musical statements. Here Carrington turns her sights toward revisioning a legendary meeting of jazz minds on the recording of 1963's Money Jungle by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. Accompanied by pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Christian McBride, and a host of guests, Carrington not only reinterprets that album, she adds to its discourse with two of her own compositions and another by Clayton. She doesn't follow the original sequence of Money Jungle. She kicks it off with the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Drummer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington won a Grammy in 2012 for her genre-blurring Mosaic Project, which blended the voices and instruments of an all-female cast in a series of bold musical statements. Here Carrington turns her sights toward revisioning a legendary meeting of jazz minds on the recording of 1963's Money Jungle by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. Accompanied by pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Christian McBride, and a host of guests, Carrington not only reinterprets that album, she adds to its discourse with two of her own compositions and another by Clayton. She doesn't follow the original sequence of Money Jungle. She kicks it off with the title cut introduced by her drum kit underneath the voice of activist and author Michael Ruppert, whose quote, "You have to create problems to create profit," highlights other well-chosen, organically placed sound clips from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hilary and Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, making the tune -- and the album -- an artistic, musical indictment of the pervasive corruption in Western capitalism. But this set is far from some autodidactic sermonette. As McBride and Clayton enter the tune's fray, things get funky and swing. With her trademark brand of authoritative circular rhythm (deeply influenced by Roach) at the core, this trio comes together seamlessly to move the argument from the intellect into the heart. Nonagenarian jazz elder Clark Terry lends his deep blue scatting vocal and trumpet to a steamy read of "Fleurette Africaine." The set's hinge piece is "Wig Wise," with its knotty lyric head stated definitively by Clayton. McBride shines throughout, but his blues solo, which kicks off "Switch Blade," offers homage to that same feel in Mingus. Nir Felder's gutbucket, bottleneck guitar playing introduces what becomes a sophisticated, slinky, nocturnal read of "Backwoods Country Boy Blues," which is decidedly more urban than its title suggests. It is complemented beautifully by Lizz Wright's wordless vocals. Carrington's "Grass Roots" is a beautifully angular blues, while her "No Boxes (Nor Words)" is an expressionistic modernist post-bop number with a smoking solo by McBride. The set ends with "REM Blues/Music," which commences quietly, subtly, and with a shimmering quality from Clayton's Rhodes. The tune incorporates an Ellington poem recited by Shea Rose with a spoken coda by him offered by Herbie Hancock. Carrington's title, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, is apt. She reveals the pervasive nature the blues in the original album's compositions and intent, and underscores how their importance resonates in jazz's present tense. And nothing brings the blues like money -- especially the lack of it. But Ellington himself stated that .".. the music will be there when the money is gone." Amen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2013
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072340268
  • Catalog Number: 34026
  • Sales rank: 1,295

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Money Jungle (6:21)
  2. 2 Fleurette Africain (5:56)
  3. 3 Backward Country Boy Blues (6:00)
  4. 4 Very Special (4:11)
  5. 5 Wig Wise (6:17)
  6. 6 Grass Roots (4:38)
  7. 7 No Boxes (Nor Words) (5:37)
  8. 8 A Little Max (Parfait) (5:01)
  9. 9 Switch Blade (6:28)
  10. 10 Cut Off (5:08)
  11. 11 Rem Blues/Music (6:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terri Lyne Carrington Primary Artist, Drums
Robin Eubanks Trombone
Herbie Hancock Vocals
Antonio Hart Flute
Clark Terry Trumpet, Vocals
Christian McBride Bass
Lizz Wright Vocals
Arturo Stable Percussion
Gerald Clayton Piano, fender rhodes
Tia Fuller Alto, Flute
Nir Felder Guitar
Shea Rose Vocals
Technical Credits
Terri Lyne Carrington Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Jonathan Lewis Engineer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Robert George Engineer
Renae McNeil Artwork
Gerald Clayton Composer
Jeremy Loucas Engineer
Mike Marciano Engineer
Robert Hebert Executive Producer
Gabriela Jimeno Caldas Programming
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