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Wednesday August 07, 2019

From 90.9 WBUR The ARTery

Terri Lyne Carrington Shores Up Her Legacy In New Album Centered On Social Justice
By: AMELIA MASON

“When I spoke to her in October, Carrington, 54, was getting ready to release an album, ‘Waiting Game,’ with a new band she calls Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science. (“Waiting Game” drops Friday, Nov. 8.) Comprised of a crack lineup of young, forward-thinking musicians, Social Science is groove-oriented and contemporary, a fusion project that sometimes sounds like rap or rock with a jazz accent, rather than the other way around. This is new territory for Carrington, who, while never a traditionalist, has always produced music that is best described as “jazz.”

All of the group’s songs focus on issues of social or political concern, and this is a first for Carrington, too. She has long understood the political nature of her success, as one of the few women to reach the upper echelons of jazz. Her 2013 album, “Mosaic,” pointedly featured an all-women lineup. But lately the Berklee professor has funneled her energy into more overtly political projects, like the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. Carrington founded the organization last year with the intention to make a tangible impact on the notoriously male-dominated jazz world.

‘Waiting Game,’ with its activist ethos, continues in this vein. ‘The song ‘Bells,’ for instance. I wrote that based on seeing that video of Philando Castile being shot in his car and his girlfriend in the backseat with her child witnessing that,’ Carrington said. ‘And I just couldn’t imagine being in that position. It was very difficult to even watch it.’”

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