The Mosaic Project

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Discussing The Mosaic Project, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington explained: "There's one part of me that's kind of a jazz head who likes complex, thought-provoking melodies and harmonies, and then there's another part of me that really likes funk and pop and things that are accessible." Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive, and Carrington balances them with exciting results on this 2011 release. The Mosaic Project has one foot in the intellect and complexity of post-bop and the other in the soulful, groove-oriented funkiness of R&B; both are important parts of the equation for Carrington, who is joined by an impressive list of guest vocalists that includes ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Discussing The Mosaic Project, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington explained: "There's one part of me that's kind of a jazz head who likes complex, thought-provoking melodies and harmonies, and then there's another part of me that really likes funk and pop and things that are accessible." Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive, and Carrington balances them with exciting results on this 2011 release. The Mosaic Project has one foot in the intellect and complexity of post-bop and the other in the soulful, groove-oriented funkiness of R&B; both are important parts of the equation for Carrington, who is joined by an impressive list of guest vocalists that includes Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nona Hendryx (of Labelle fame), Esperanza Spaulding, and Gretchen Parlato. Although The Mosaic Project has plenty of soul appeal, that doesn't mean that Carrington tones down the improvisation factor or offers note-for-note covers; interpretation, not emulation, is the rule on imaginative versions of the Beatles' "My Michelle," Hendryx's "Transformation," and Al Green's "Simply Beautiful," all of which Carrington successfully pulls into the jazz realm. Those who are familiar with Hendryx's original 1983 recording of "Transformation" (which combined funk and new wave) will be surprised to hear how well the song works as post-bop on Carrington's very different version (which also features Hendryx). Meanwhile, Parlato is featured on an R&B-ish interpretation of Irving Berlin's "I Got Lost in His Arms," and Spaulding has a delightfully capricious spot on her own "Crayola." The Mosaic Project also contains several Carrington originals, one of which is "Magic and Music" (a poignant tribute to soul icon Teena Marie, who was only 54 when she died unexpectedly on December 26, 2010). "Magic and Music" never mentions the Ivory Queen of Soul by name, but Marie's fans will have no problem figuring out that it is about her (for one thing, Carrington's lyrics describe the singer as "wild and peaceful," which was the title of Marie's Rick James-produced debut album of 1979). The Mosaic Project is not recommended to jazz purists, but for those who like their jazz laced with big doses of R&B, there is much to savor on this risk-taking album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2011
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072330160
  • Catalog Number: 33016
  • Sales rank: 58,636

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Transformation (5:33)
  2. 2 I Got Lost In His Arms (4:58)
  3. 3 Michelle (6:52)
  4. 4 Magic and Music (3:45)
  5. 5 Echo (7:14)
  6. 6 Simply Beautiful (4:30)
  7. 7 Unconditional Love (5:56)
  8. 8 Wistful (4:48)
  9. 9 Crayola (4:29)
  10. 10 Soul Talk (5:55)
  11. 11 Mosaic Triad (5:59)
  12. 12 Insomniac (5:13)
  13. 13 Show Me a Sign (2:28)
  14. 14 Sisters On the Rise (a Transformation) (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terri Lyne Carrington Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums
Patrice Rushen Piano, Keyboards
Geri Allen Piano, Keyboards
Cassandra Wilson Vocals
Carmen Lundy Vocals
Nona Hendryx Vocals
Dee Dee Bridgewater Vocals
Sheila E. Percussion
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Ingrid Jensen Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gretchen Parlato Vocals
Esperanza Spalding Bass, Vocals
Anat Cohen Clarinet, Soprano, Bass Clarinet
Tineke Postma Alto, Soprano
Helen Sung Piano, Keyboards
Linda Taylor Guitar
Hailey Niswanger Flute
Mimi Jones Bass
Chia-Yin Carol Ma Violin
Shea Rose Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Al Green Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Geri Allen Composer
Terri Lyne Carrington Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Carmen Lundy Composer
Nona Hendryx Composer
Bernice Johnson Reagon Composer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Kevan Staples Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Esperanza Spalding Composer
Jeremy Loucas Engineer
Mike Marciano Engineer
Frank White Executive Producer
Robert Hebert Executive Producer
Chaye DeGasperin Engineer
Carol Pope Composer
Shea Rose Composer
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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Grammy-Winner! All Female, All Stars, All Great.

    Excellent! Grammy-Winner! Terri Lyne Carrington brings us her most creative, inventive work yet and invites an all-star cast, including singers Esperanza Spalding, Diane Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson, Gretchen Parlato, Carmen Lundy, and Nona Hendryx; Esperanza and Mimi Jones on bass; Ingrid Jensen on brass; saxist Tineke Postma; Anat Cohen on clarinet and reeds; Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, and Helen Sung on keyboards, singer & percussionist Shelia E, and violinist Chia-Yin Carol Ma. Whew! Prime Cuts: "Transformation", "Michelle" "Crayola", "I Got Lost In His Arms", and "Mosaic Triad". I own it and I love it.

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