The Mosaic Project - Terri Lyne Carrington
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  • Summary: The fifth album for the jazz drummer features such guests as Dianne Reeves, Sheila E, Esperanza Spaulding, and Cassandra Wilson.
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  1. Aug 3, 2011
    80
    It has a unifying historical and social agenda--but it's a discreet one, and the music is certainly the priority.
  2. Aug 3, 2011
    80
    It's strong, supple stuff by a strong bunch of women.
  3. 80
    The caliber of these artists speaks for itself; there's no sense of compromise here, or of an agenda limiting the options. And Ms. Carrington, who produced the album, brings accessibility and continuity to the listening experience.
  4. Aug 3, 2011
    80
    The Mosaic Project is not recommended to jazz purists, but for those who like their jazz laced with big doses of R&B, there is much to savor on this risk-taking album.
  5. This is accessible, song-based contemporary jazz at its most earnest, ordered and empowering.
  6. Oct 13, 2011
    80
    The Mosaic Project offers, simply, some of the best jazz around.
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  1. Oct 14, 2011
    10
    This is one of the most challenging, yet listenable, jazz albums in ages. Imagine: An album performed by the top female jazz artists in the world, without the, "Hey, they're all girls!" subject coming up once. Ms. Carrington's colleagues all perform with sanguine, superior fervor. You can easily forget that it's all distaff, but you can't forget the music. So what if it's not straight-ahead bop or swing? It moves your body and your soul. Expand