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New Album Roundup: Carrington & Shorter

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Revisiting the classics this week with a new release by living legend Wayne Shorter and a new take on Duke Ellington by Terri Lynne Carrington.

Terri Lynne Carrington, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue: Duke Ellington’s 1963 Money Jungle is a singular artistic statement. Enlisting the support of Charles Mingus and Max Roach, both not only heavyweight musicians, but musicians with very distinct personalities, Ellington created an album for the ages: the rebellious, almost subversive quality hinted at in the title mirrored by the palpable tension in the band. It was Ellington’s date and the band played all Ellington compositions (and one not by Ellington but generally associated with him), with the exception of ‘Caravan’ and ‘Solitude’, all of which were written specifically for the date. There can be no doubt that the album was shaped by Ellington’s vision, yet he was working with a rhythm section that would be hard to corral; hearing how he attempts to keep Mingus in check is half the fun. All this together, the tension, the possible subversive nature, means that, depending on your perspective, Money Jungle is either an untouchable idiosyncratic statement or prime material for a reimagining. Now, 50 years later, drummer Terri Lynne Carrington has taken the latter view and released her, very much reimagined and reinterpreted take on Money Jungle.

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New Album Roundup: Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Eberhard Weber, and Food

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Three new reviews for today, two recent atmospheric ECM releases and this week’s new Mostly Other People Do the Killing album, which starts us off.

Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Slippery Rock: Mostly Other People Do the Killing (hereafter either referred to as MOPDTK or not at all) describes itself as a ‘terrorist bebop band’ and I can think of no better description of the unique brand of mayhem they create. The quartet headed by bassist and composer Moppa Elliott with Jon Irabagon on sax, Peter Evans on trumpet and Kevin Shea on drums, gleefully tackles traditional styles with wacky irreverence, tearing them apart and building them back up in a collage of squeals, swing and funk. You can see what their attitude towards tradition is even from their album covers, which are sendoffs of classic albums: last time was a live album, The Coimbra Concert styled on Keith Jarrett’s Koln Concert and the time before that Forty Fort styled after Roy Haynes’ classic Out of the Afternoon.

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