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Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue

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Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue
Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue


Grammy award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington pays homage to Duke Ellington's classic trio album 'Money Jungle', with a reinterpretation of the historic album to marks it's 50th anniversary. Featuring Gerald Clayton and Christian McBride, with guests Clark Terry, Lizz Wright and others.

In 1962, Duke Ellington recorded a trio date with bassist Charlie Mingus and drummer Max Roach that is today considered one of the pivotal jazz recordings of the 1960s. 'Money Jungle', the 1963 album that emerged from the session, was - among other things - a commentary on the perennial tug-of-war between art and commerce. Fifty years later, this precarious balance in the world of jazz - or in any art form, for that matter - hasn't changed much. Enter Terri Lyne Carrington, who enlists the aid of two high-profile collaborators - keyboardist Gerald Clayton and bassist Christian McBride - to pay tribute to Duke, his trio and his creative vision with a cover of this historic recording.

Carrington considers her 'Money Jungle' - like its predecessor - primarily a trio album, but she's not averse to some enhancement and additional textures along the way. Helping out with the rearrangements and reinterpretations is an impressive list of guest artists: trumpeter Clark Terry, trombonist Robin Eubanks, reed players Tia Fuller and Antonio Hart, guitarist Nir Felder, percussionist Arturo Stabile and vocalists Shea Rose and Lizz Wright. Herbie Hancock appears in a spoken word segment as the voice of Duke Ellington.

Personnel: Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), Gerald Clayton (piano, Rhodes), Christian McBride (bass), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Tia Fuller (alto, flute), Antonio Hart (flute), Nir Felder (guitar), Arturo Stable (percussion), Shea Rose (voice, track 11), Lizz Wright (voice, track 3), Herbie Hancock (voice of Duke Ellington, track 11), Special Guest: Clark Terry (trumpet, voice, track 2)


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  2. Money Jungle
  3. Fleurette Africain
  4. Backward Country Boy Blues
  5. Very Special
  6. Wig Wise
  7. Grass Roots
  8. No Boxes (Nor Words)
  9. A Little Max (Parfait)
  10. Switch Blade
  11. Cut Off
  12. Rem Blues/Music
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