Today, interdisciplinary artist, activist and educator Terri Lyne Carrington releases New Standards, an ambitious new endeavor created to uplift the voices of women composers. New Standards arrives in the form of a groundbreaking lead sheet book of jazz compositions published by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard, a newly recorded album of 11 selections from the songbook featuring an all-star band and superb line-up of special guests, and a dynamic multi-media exhibition at Detroit’s Carr Center coming this October.
The project has already been celebrated by Billboard, WNYC, Jazziz, Boston Globe, WBGO, The Guardian, and more for its groundbreaking mission and admirable ambition — read more about New Standards and the necessary fight for inclusivity in jazz in a profile on Terri Lyne at The New York Times here: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/13/arts/music/terri-lyne-carrington-new-standards.html
The album new STANDARDS – vol. 1 is out today on the relaunched Candid Records label, featuring recordings of 11 selections from the New Standards lead sheets book. Carrington (on drums) is joined by a core band of Kris Davis (piano), Linda May Han Oh (bass), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), and Matthew Stevens (guitar and co-producer) and welcomes special guests Ambrose Akinmusire, Melanie Charles, Ravi Coltrane, Val Jeanty, Samara Joy, Julian Lage, Michael Mayo, Elena Pinderhughes, Dianne Reeves, Negah Santos and Somi.
From the gossamer harp of Brandee Younger’s “Respected Destroyer”, to the sultry, latin-tinged grooves of Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw It Away”, new STANDARDS – vol. 1 is a dynamic collection of the limitless universe of jazz and the first installment of recordings from the New Standards project. Listen here: https://candid.lnk.to/NewStandardsVol1PR
Watch The Group Perform Album Track “Rounds” At Berklee School Of Music HERE
Curated by Carrington, the New Standards lead sheets book features 101 compositions from a remarkable range of acknowledged titans, young visionaries and unsung heroes in jazz: Mary Lou Williams, Alice Coltrane, esperanza spalding, Geri Allen, Maria Schneider, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Dorothy Ashby, Nubya Garcia, Nicole Mitchell — plus many composers from the global world of jazz, including Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, Japanese American pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi, and many more.
New Standards is a continuation of Terri Lyne’s tireless work to advocate for inclusivity and raise the voice of gender minorities in jazz. The project is the first initiative for Berklee’s Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice — which Carrington formed in 2018 — and a new chapter for the larger Jazz Without Patriarchy Project. New Standards was born out of necessity, after Carrington was prompted to search for women composers in the infamous Real Book of jazz charts, and to her dismay, found virtually none. The project offers an alternative to the accepted jazz standards canon that has served students, teachers and professionals for decades.
Following the release of the album and book this September, Detroit’s Carr Center will host New Standards as the first part of the forthcoming larger exhibition Shifting the Narrative: Jazz and Gender Justice, from October 13 to November 27. Curated by Carrington, it will feature live performances, panel discussions, a photo exhibit, archival material and artwork created by many contemporary jazz artists on the theme of “new standards” as well as the installation’s three other sections: The Female and Non-binary Gaze, Invisible Labor, and Geri Allen and Mary Lou Williams In Conversation.
Last week, Carrington also released a live album featuring Wayne Shorter (saxophone), esperanza spalding (bass, vocals), Leo Genovese (piano) and Carrington (drums) titled Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival. Recorded in 2017, the album captures a magnificent, one time only concert spectacular. Listen and read more here.
1. Wind Flower (Sara Cassey)
2. Circling (Gretchen Parlato)
3. Uplifted Heart (Shamie Royston)
4. Moments (Eliane Elias)
5. Continental Cliff (Patricia Perez)
6. Throw It Away (Abbey Lincoln)
7. Respected Destroyer (Brandee Younger)
8. Two Hearts (Lawns) (Carla Bley)
9. Unchanged (Marta Sanchez)
10. Ima (Anat Cohen)
11. Rounds (Live) (Marilyn Crispell)
About The Carr Center
The Carr Center, located in the historic cultural center of midtown Detroit, is one of the leading multidisciplinary Black arts presenters in the country. Celebrating 30 years of artistic excellence, the Center’s core programs include: The Carr Center Artists’ Hub, home to local and regional artists as well as special guest artist residencies, Carr Center Presents...a series of live, live stream and on demand performances, film, and visual arts programs, the Carr Virtual Center, which includes interactive galleries and a digital theater, extending all our presentations to a global audience, and The Carr Center Arts Academy, our educational umbrella with classroom instruction, summer intensive studies and early career professional development programs. Through the years, the Carr Center has created and presented a variety of innovative programs and initiatives for artists and audiences in collaboration with partners like Comcast, the City of Detroit, the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Detroit Opera House, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. For more information about the Carr Center, click here.
About Candid Records
Between 1960 - 1963 founder, A&R man, and producer Nat Hentoff recorded over 30 extraordinary albums for the new Candid Records label. One cannot underestimate the breadth of these recordings - From bebop, to the avant-garde, to blues. Candid sat dormant for years until Black Lion Records founder and producer, Alan Bates, bought the label in 1989. Picking up where Hentoff left off, Bates recorded, and acquired a wide variety of jazz artists. He signed American treasures like legendary journey-man pianist Kenny Barron, the great organist Shirley Scott, and saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr., and with a keen eye for emerging talent, he helped launch the careers of Jamie Cullum and Stacey Kent. The next phase of Candid Records is happening now. Titles from the Hentoff years are being restored and remastered. There’s new music from Stacey Kent (Songs From Other Places), a Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy win for Brazilian pianist (and vocalist) Eliane Elias’ Mirror Mirror album with the legendary Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés, and an album from jazz giant Wayne Shorter with Terri Lyne Carrington, esperanza spalding and Leo Genovese (Live At The Detroit Jazz Festival.) Today’s Candid is not only committed to its legacy but looks forward to defining its future with the quality of music that is synonymous with its heritage. Learn more at www.candidrecords.com
About Hal Leonard
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is the world's largest publisher and distributor of music performance and instructional materials, with a catalog of over one million products in both physical and digital form. Hal Leonard represents many of the world's best-known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, and arrangers. The company is also a major distributor of music gear and technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods, and accessories available today. Its products are sold in more than 65 countries throughout the world through Hal Leonard offices and a large network of distributors. Hal Leonard is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, and has domestic offices in Winona, MN and Austin, Boston, and San Francisco. It also has offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, and the Netherlands, as well as in London and Bury St. Edmunds in England.
About the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice
The Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice was founded in 2018 by Terri Lyne Carrington, who serves as its Artistic Director. Its mission is to support and sustain a cultural transformation in jazz, with the commitment to recruit, teach, mentor, and advocate for musicians seeking to study and/or perform jazz, with gender justice and racial justice as guiding principles. The institute fosters creative practice and scholarship in jazz within an integrated and egalitarian setting and seeks to fully engage in the pursuit of jazz without patriarchy, with the intention of making a long-lasting cultural shift in jazz and other music communities.
The institute welcomes students of all identities and works to address gender inequities at the college and in the jazz community through curriculum, recruitment, residencies, performances, research, and public engagement. It also cultivates partnerships with other educational and performing arts institutions to further advance the institute's mission of cultural transformation.
New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets By Women Composers, by last name:
Lil Hardin Armstrong
Camila Cortina Bello
Jane Ira Bloom
Terri Lyne Carrington
Rachel Z Hakim
Linda May Han Oh
Patricia Zárate Pérez
Cecile McLorin Salvant
Mary D. Watkins
Mary Lou Williams