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First Listen: Terri Lyne Carrington - Money Jungle

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen”.

Your first listen this week belongs to drummer, composer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington and her brand new album Money Jungle Provocative in Blue, the follow up to her Grammy winning Mosaic Project.

Carrington wrote all new arrangements for this nod to Ellington’s Money Jungle with Charles Mingus and Max Roach.  which was originally released at this time in 1963.  It is its 50th anniversary. Carrington’s trio includes Gerald Clayton on piano and Christian McBride on bass, along with a list of some of today's hottest players. 

The melodies are strong, based in the blues as the original trio intended, yet there is a modern presence that taps into its players, some spoken word and a quiet protest about today’s economic struggles. Carrington in a recent interview for the album said.  “we need to be careful with our  relationship with money, it’s a daily issue, no matter what level you’re at.”

Carrington adds the title Provocative in Blue to slightly differentiate it from the original and adds two of her own and one of Gerald Clayton's tunes to the mix. 

For this Ellington song, “Backward Country Boy Blues” she brings singer Lizz Wright in for some additional soul. Your First Listen this weeks comes From Terri Lyne Carrington’s Money Jungle, Provocative in Blue…. 

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