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Five BRILLIANT Stars! Grammy-winning drummer, singer, composer/arranger, producer, and leader Terri Lyne Carrington's 5th recording is a major achievement of great beauty, hipness, and social significance which won the 2011 Jazz Vocal Album Grammy. Three decades into her impressive and multi-faceted career, on this recording the Berklee grad has enlisted and expertly combined the talents, in varying combinations, of over 20 top female musicians and singers all of whom transcend gender and are among the very best performers that the jazz world has to offer. These are female performers "coming together to support and celebrate each other from a musical and social perspective". And the various messages never get in the way of the beautiful, swinging music because they are the music. And what an exceptional cast of Grammy-winners, poll winners, established stars, and rising stars! Terri Lyne taps the front rank vocal talents of Diane Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson, Gretchen Parlato, Carmen Lundy, and Nona Hendryx, along with the blazing instrumental musicianship of singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding and Mimi Jones' bass; Ingrid Jensen on brass; Tineke Postma on reeds; Anat Cohen on clarinet and reeds; Geri Allen, Patrice Rushen, and Helen Sung on keyboards, singer/percussionist Shelia E, and Chia-Yin Carol Ma's violin. "Transformation", written and sung by Nona Hendryx is truly a hip revelation and the McCartney/Lennon "Michelle" is transformed into a bluesy, inspired instrumental journey. The gut-wrenching "Echo" begins with Angela Davis' words which are magnified and illuminated by Dianne Reeves, the chorus, and some tasty unison and solo work by Jensen. Terri Lyne's beautiful, touching "Magic and Music" is one of the first recorded tributes to the recently-departed Queen of Ivory Soul, Teena Marie. "Crayola" features the vocals and plucking of the newest star in the jazz and Grammy universe: Esperanza Spalding. The slick and sly "Soul Talk" is a marvel by Dee Dee Bridgewater and the group. Cassandra Wilson makes Al Green's "Simply Beautiful" much more than the title: its soulful and gorgeous with a tender solo by Chia-Yin Carol Ma's violin. Gretchen Parlato soars and purrs through an excellent "I Got Lost In His Arms" with Patrice dropping a hot solo. "Mosaic Triad" is a complex, convoluted, and shape shifting ensemble experience. All driven along by Terri Lyne's exceptional drumming and vocals. All songs are uniformly excellent and this recording gets My Highest Recommendation. Five BIG Stars! (This review is based on an Amazon.com mp3 download: 14 tracks. Trivia: At age 11, Terri Lyne Carrington received a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music.)
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on August 30, 2017
Superb, tight, lively, and gorgeous recording. Great trumpet solos. Good tunes.
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on July 6, 2013
Heard this as an Mp3 and just had to get it!
I love hearing Jazz with women vocals.
This is one of the best cds that I've heard in a long time.
Sit down with a good glass of wine, take off your shoes and get ready to be relaxed with what seems to be angel voices and the music, well you get your copy and let me know!
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on April 23, 2013
My cavil;

You can't make head or tails of the credits, and very much time is spent deciphering the few that appear, should one care to find out more about the music. And one does care, because the music is fine and occasionally compelling.

T.L.C. lists the musicians in alphabetical order and then has little numbers after their names. Like, Cassandra Wilson is listed as vocalist for track 8 (Wistful)but there's no vocals on 8, unless they're hidden somewhere, maybe under a keyboard.

I believe Ms. Wilson handles the vocals on #6 (Simply Beautiful) instead, which is left off the credits.

Ms. Carrington should visit a Bonnie Raitt album, and see how Ms. Raitt respects the music and the performers both; every song is fully credited, with lyrics also appended.

Of course this is just a cavil about the packaging of some fine music, for the making of which I thank all the artists involved.... call it 4 1/2 stars.
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on December 23, 2014
If your spirit can remain still when Terri Lyne plays, you're probably drugged or dead. She plays so powerfully that her drums sound like they're going to have a heart attack in the middle of her performances. Fortunately, they don't. I think she has them plugged into an oxygen machine. Terri can also play as gently as a young kitten at play. Most important, she knows the jazz canon inside out. She expresses her knowledge with great intellgience and loving care. She never forgets her audience.
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on March 1, 2015
This CD is my first experience with Lynne Carrington. This woman is very talented as is every other woman who worked with her in collaboration on this project. I enjoy it immensely.
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on January 24, 2014
absolutely terrific, jam-packed CD - 14 tracks of singing, tremendous drumming, piano, horn playing with top musicians such as Esperanza Spaulding, Geri Allen, Cassandra Wilson. Not your mother's jazz, though plenty of standards
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on May 7, 2012
When I first previewed this disc, it didn't grab me. I needed something to round out my Amazon free shipping, so I got this and am very glad I did. This is really a nice disc of all female players. But don't get it just because it's all female. Get it only if u enjoy good music :)
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on August 30, 2011
Mosaic Project is a very interesting aspect of many importsnt female musicians like Geri Allen on piano and the presence of the singers of high level like Cassandra Wilson,Dianne Reeves,Dee Dee Bridgewater and the new star Esperanza Spalding.The Ladies and the girls has produced a very good music.
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on February 18, 2014
Outstanding quality of music vocals will blow you away when you listen you are addicted to the rare style that permeates your soul. great price include in your music collection a must.
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