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Yamaha Drummer Wins Grammy

5/3/2012 [Artistses]

Yamaha drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s “The Mosaic Project” has received a Grammy award in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category.

The Mosaic Project is an all-female group that includes some seriously talented and versatile artists. In addition to main vocalist Esperanza Spalding, prominent jazz vocalists such as Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others take turns at the microphone as well. Pianists Geri Allen and Patrice Rushen supply some stunning keyboard accompaniment, while Tineke Postma sits in on sax. Shiela E works with Terri Lyne on the rhythm.

On why she chose the all-female format of the band, drummer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington says: "If I had tried to do something like this in the past - like when I started playing 25 years ago - I might have felt limited by the pool of available musicians. But now there are so many talented women whom I've been playing with anyway - not just because they're women but because I love the way they play. So it has become easier to do a special project that celebrates the artistry and the musicality of these women."

The songs on the album cover a wide variety of musical genres, including fusion, funk, R&B, Latin, African, and more. Each and every song is delivered with an outstanding blend of artistic passion and musical technique.


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