Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science have released their double album Waiting Game(Motema). The ambitious new project is an impactful meditation on intersectionality, politics, and modern life in America that has been met with key praise and a New York Times feature. Carrington and Social Science will perform an album release concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on November 30.
The New York Times deemed the album “a fiercely contemporary record...a mix of simmering tension and restless forward movement” in their profile on Carrington tied to Waiting Game. The Times sat down with the multi-GRAMMY award-winning drummer, producer and educator, as well as Social Science band members, to discuss how the trenchant album addresses the current moment. Read it here: https://nyti.ms/2qsHVlh
Waiting Game has earned a 5 out of 5-star review from Downbeat, calling it "a masterstroke...that could be the best jazz album of the year." NPR Music has deemed it"a work of historical depth and scope...on par with the films of Ava Duvernay, telling the story of racial injustice and resilience and American history." Afropunk called the album "her most overt statement on contemporary life in AmeriKKKa.” It has garnered significant praise from the U.K. as well: "An unflinchingly between-the-eyes polemic on racism, homophobia, prison conditions, gender issues and more” says The Guardian. Carrington will also have a residency this month at the London Jazz Festival.
Social Science is built around the friendship and collaboration of Carrington, pianist/keyboardist Aaron Parks (Terence Blanchard, Kurt Rosenwinkel) and guitarist Matthew Stevens (Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding), along with multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin, vocalist Debo Ray, and MC/DJ Kassa Overall.
The new album boasts a wide array of guests including rappers Rapsody, Kokayi, Raydar Ellis and Maimouna Youssef, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassists Derrick Hodge and Esperanza Spalding, vocalist Mark Kibble of Take 6 and spoken word contributions from Meshell Ndegeocello and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The second half is an improvised suite recorded in one take, with Esperanza Spalding (bass) joining Carrington, Parks and Stevens for an adventurous excursion musing on the idea of personal and musical freedom.
Waiting Game confronts a host of current issues including those addressed in the recently released singles: “Trapped In The American Dream,” a pointed criticism of mass incarceration, "If Not Now," which addresses gender equity, and “Bells,” about police violence against people of color which features Malcolm-Jamal Warner and was deemed “poignant...and haunting” in NPR's Top Songs of August. See a video segment of “Bells” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6anQpPeuf2c
Carrington is the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice founder and artistic director, and a fervent advocate for social justice. The 2019 Doris Duke Award recipient is also co-artistic director of The Carr Center in Detroit, MI and sits on the board for Little Black Pearl Art and Design Academy in Chicago, IL - both organizations promoting the arts as a means toward social equity in underrepresented communities.
Waiting Game is out now on CD and digital formats. The double vinyl will be released on November 22 and is available for pre-order now.
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