Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue
Released: Feb 2013
Label: Concord Jazz
As provocative as it seems for an artist to reinterpret Money Jungle -- the trio album by Ellington, Mingus and Roach -- it's very much in the jazz tradition to try, and drummer Carrington's approach finds some success. She uses the title to call out crony capitalism (with audio clips of King and Obama on the opener), and it helps that she's got the chops to move from standard swing to abstraction to pop gestures (check the R&B of "Backward Country Boy Blues"). By the album's midpoint, the concept feels a bit diffuse, but the band -- featuring Gerald Clayton and Christian McBride -- is solid.