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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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