Terri Lyne Carrington - TLC & Friends LP


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Label: Candid

An early snapshot of an extraordinary musician at a young age, TLC & Friends was recorded in October 1981 when Terri Lyne Carrington was only 16 years old. Now a 4-time Grammy winning, NEA Jazz Master, composer, activist, and educator, this album, being widely released for the first time, gives us a glimpse of the incredibly talented and influential inter-disciplined artist during her first record session and as bandleader no less.

At the age of 5, she sat in with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the very first musician to let her stand on stage. By age 10, she was playing at the prestigious Wichita Jazz Festival in Kansas with Clark Terry and his All-Stars consisting of Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Al Cohen, Garnet Brown, George Ouvivier, Jimmy Rowles, and Louis Bellson. It was also there that she first met Buddy Rich, who later featured her on his national television show.

Around the time of this recording, she was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston after the founders of the school, Lawrence and Alma Berk, heard her sit in with the great Oscar Peterson, who had featured her at the suggestion of Ella Fitzgerald.