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Tuesday March 26, 2013

from The Revivalist

Terri Lyne Carrington Presents Money Jungle at Dizzy’s
Interview by: Eric Sandler

Fresh off of her Grammy-award winning ‘Mosaic Project,’ Terri Lyne Carrington went straight back into the studio to create another project of equal quality and substance. ‘Money Jungle’ was originally recorded in 1962 by Duke Ellington, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus. Just over 50 years later Carrington brings back the raw tension evoked by Ellington, Roach, and Mingus with her own trio filled out by Christian McBride and Gerald Clayton and featuring additional guests Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Tia Fuller, and more. Check out what Carrington had to say about the record before you see her perform it at Dizzy’s this week!

What was it about the original Money Jungle album that made you want to revisit it?

It’s kind of mystical, you know? I’m not sure exactly what it was. It had a vibe and a spirit about it that made me made me want to cover it. The title track, “Money Jungle,” was one that I had done on a couple of gigs, and then I took a closer listen to the whole album and thought it would be cool to revisit the music and themes. There are a lot of blues on that record, all going in different ways. They’re not the most complicated Duke Ellington compositions, so I figured it would be a good starting point for me to jump into his world.

Max Roach was the drummer on that album and huge inspiration throughout his career. What does he mean to you?

I knew Max since I was 12 or 13 and he was a mentor to me. I’d go stay at his house sometimes to visit with him. He actually tried to get me a record deal with Blue Note when I was 16 or 17 — so he was definitely a big supporter. So the fact that I got to pay some tribute to him as well was very nice.

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