|August 05, 2015|
Review By: Natalie Rungan
The three times Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington never seizes to amaze with her creativity and imagination which is evidenced in her more than 20 years of numerous accolades in the industry. Her first Mosaic Project won "Best Jazz Vocal Album" at the 54th Grammy Awards in 2012.
Her clever, creative arrangements always seem to evolve just when you think you can predict what's coming up next. In her latest release Mosaic Project: Love and Soul she has invited some of the greatest female vocalists and instrumentalists including Oleta Adams, Natalie Cole, Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Chanté Moore, Ledisi, Valerie Simpson, Nancy Wilson, Jaguar Wright and Lizz Wright, to pay homage to some of her greatest male influences in her career. The album deliberately starts and ends with spoken word by the silky smooth Billy Dee Williams on a canvas of drum and bass. This reinforces her desire to emphasize the "various relationships that woman have with men" as she wanted to prevent the notion that the album excludes men, even though it features only female artists. Her experience and sensitivity both as a drummer and arranger has allowed her the insight to combine all of these artists's individual styles, yet still create enough space for each one to comfortably express and explore creative possibilities, without compromising or abandoning groove in any way. Featuring bassists Meshell Ndegoecello and Linda Oh; and keyboardists Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen and Rachel Z, as well as saxophonist Tia Fuller and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, the 12-track album captures the warmth, sensuality and passion of Terri Lyne's truly prolific mastery of jazz, funk and soul. Together with her skills as a producer and arranger this release marks yet another chapter in her book of triumphant successes.
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