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Terri Lyne Carrington

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recording her latest album, The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul, Terri Lyne Carrington had a hard act to follow: herself. The renowned drummer, composer, bandleader, and producer won her first Grammy in 2012, for Best Jazz Vocal Album, for the record’s precursor, The Mosaic Project, and two years later she became the first woman to nab a Best Jazz Instrumental Grammy for Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue. If that weren’t enough, earlier this year Carrington added a third Grammy to her mantle for her deft and inventive production of Dianne Reeves’ album Beautiful Life. After more than 40 years in the business, the onetime sidewoman for icons such as Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, who has also served as house drummer for TV talk shows such as The Arsenio Hall Show and Vibe, is having more than just a moment.

“The first Grammy could’ve been a fluke,” Carrington says with a good-natured laugh. “I had never won one before, so maybe they were giving me a reward for my entire career. But if the first one was just me being lucky, by the time you got to the second and third ones, I think that’s a sign of, ‘Okay, now you’re being taken a little more seriously.’” She thinks, then adds, “Let’s face it: They don’t give you three Grammys just to be nice.” Jazz has long been the province of men, and when you narrow the field down to jazz drummers, it stands to reason that Carrington very well might be in a league of her own. Because of this distinction, she admits that the mini Victrola she took home for Money Jungle has a deeper, more resonant meaning. “The fact that I’m the first woman to win that award says a lot about what’s going on in the industry and how few woman play jazz,” she says. “It’s still

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CYMBALS Zildjian A 14" Kerope Hi-hats B 16" K Dark Crash Thin C 18" K Dark Crash Thin D 20" K Constantinople Medium Thin Ride, Low E 22" K Constantinople Medium Thin, Low F 22" K Custom High Definition Ride

Terri Lyne Carrington also uses Zildjian sticks, Yamaha hardware and pedals, and Remo heads (Bass drum: PowerStroke 3 batter/Ambassador logo head; Snares: Coated Ambassador batter/Hazy Ambassador snare side; Toms: Coated Emperor batter/Clear Ambassador resonant).

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DRUMS Yamaha Absolute Maple Nouveau (Vintage Natural Finish) 1 20" x 18" Bass Drum 2 14" x 5.5" Snare 3 10" x 7.5" Tom 4 12" x 8" Tom 5 14" x 14" Floor Tom 6 13" x 5" SSD-1350A Piccolo Snare Drum

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DRUM! Magazine December 2015  

Try a copy of DRUM! and learn to play better faster. The huge (144 pages) holiday issue features jazz triple grammy winner Teri Lyne Carring...

DRUM! Magazine December 2015  

Try a copy of DRUM! and learn to play better faster. The huge (144 pages) holiday issue features jazz triple grammy winner Teri Lyne Carring...