Terri Lyne Carrington And Social Science Link With Rapper Mumu Fresh On “If Not Now” From Double Album Waiting Game Out November 8 (Motema)

Today Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science have revealed a new song from their upcoming ambitious double album Waiting Game (November 8/Motema). The song, "If Not Now, " features Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh. Carrington has also spent this week as the guest drummer in the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

"If Not Now" is a call to action for gender equity led by the vocal and emcee work of Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh, "an artist that any fan of gospel, jazz, soul and hip-hop needs to know, " according to NPR.

"'If Not Now' is a gentler way of saying 'time's up, '" Carrington explains. "It's an exciting time because people are deciding where they stand, and this song is appealing to that particular call to action. It's suggesting accountability from our brothers, continued support from our mothers, and encouraging strength and confidence in each other."

The project also tackles a number of other pressing issues with this double LP including mass incarceration, police brutality, political imprisonment, homophobia and more. Carrington's move towards confronting social justice issues was inspired in part by Black Youth Project 100, formed in the wake of George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict in the murder of Trayvon Martin.

Social Science is built around the friendship and collaboration of Carrington, pianist/keyboardist Aaron Parks (Terence Blanchard, Kurt Rosenwinkel) and guitarist Matthew Stevens (Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding), along with multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin, vocalist Debo Ray, and MC/DJ Kassa Overall.

Two songs from Waiting Game were released last month: "Bells, " which was included in NPR's Top Songs of August, and "Dreams and Desperate Measures (Part 2)."

Adding to the multi-dimensional sound of Waiting Game is an impressive host of guests, including rappers Rapsody, Kokayi, Raydar Ellis, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassists Derrick Hodge and Esperanza Spalding, vocalist Mark Kibble of Take 6 and spoken word contributions from Meshell Ndegeocello and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The second half of the double album is a compelling improvised suite, with Esperanza Spalding (bass) joining Carrington, Parks and Stevens for an adventurous excursion musing on the idea of personal and musical freedom.

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