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From the “coolest things we saw on the internet this week” file, check out Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science give a stirring, hip-hop–infused, jazzy concert as part of NPR’s tiny desk concert series. This seven-piece group includes several vocalists, electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and, of course, drums.

Check out Carrington’s delicious feel on her 4-piece drum set. Especially in the office setting of the Tiny Desk Concert series, that’s no small feat. It’s impressive to hear and see her play so quietly and still manage to deliver the intensity that drives the politically charged songs in this performance. “It really is a tiny desk,” says Carrington. “I hope that you’re enjoying this music, because it can be heavy and we’ve tried to find a way to make it feel good and still give these messages.”


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Carrington is not only a fantastic player, she is also a teacher and activist, and the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. This performance includes music from the band’s new album, Waiting Game.

Musicians in this performance are: Terri Lyne Carrington, drums; Kassa Overall, vocals, percussion; Debo Ray, vocals; Malcolm Jamal Warner, vocals; Kokayi, vocals, percussion, effects; Aaron Parks, piano; Matthew Stevens, guitar; Morgan Guerin, bass, saxophone.