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Review: Terri Lyne Carrington – Mosaic

Brent-Anthony Johnson
Bass Frontiers Staff Contributor

Impossibly good drummer, vocalist, arranger and producer Terri Lyne’s 2011 ensemble release Mosaic (Concord Jazz) features an all-star, all-female cast of players and vocalists who vibe, mother, and command the absolute best from the fourteen-track CD.

The incredible Miriam “Mimi” Jones and Esperanza Spalding share bass duties throughout this beautiful and colorful project – all the while providing some of the best recorded and played acoustic contrabass I’ve heard in a long time.

The production on this release is amazing thanks to Terri Lyne and engineer Mike Marciano, and nothing is lost in the vision and presentation of this great music! “I Got Lost In His Arms” gets my vote for Jam of the Year”, hands down! Everyone just “gets to it” on this release and there are no throw away parts anywhere! It’s so nice to hear the intent behind the compositions and such freedom in the compositions’ presentation for a change. I, honestly, felt cared for after listening to the CD, and when it was over I actually heard myself say, “Wow. That was it!”

In addition to Ms Jones’ and Spalding’s contributions, this cast of genuinely brilliant musicians includes Cassandra Wilson, Gerri Allen, Patrice Rushen, Nona Hendryx, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Sheila E. Yeah, completely unfair amazing! I wasn’t as familiar with Helen Sung, Ingrid Jensen, Tineke Postma, Linda Taylor, or Anat Cohen. But, you can believe I’ve lit-up YouTube looking for all the players on this release! www.terrilynecarrington.com/mosaic/

If you haven’t heard this one yet, run to it! You wont be disappointed!
Must Hear Tracks: “I Got Lost In His Arms”, “Unconditional Love”, “Michelle”, “Insomniac”

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