At the turn of the century, her second solo album began to take shape and was eventually released as Jazz Is a Spirit in 2002. Two years later she delivered Structure, featuring the similarly funk and post-bop-inclined saxophonist Greg Osby. Carrington returned in 2009 with More to Say...Real Life Story, which featured an all-star lineup of guest artists including George Duke, Everette Harp, Kirk Whalum, and Walter Beasley, as well as then up-and-coming trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. In 2011, she released The Mosaic Project, which spotlighted several vocalists -- including Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Dee Dee Bridgewater -- among other artists. She won a Grammy for the set.
After years of being haunted by the 1963 album Money Jungle, by the trio of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach, Carrington decided to record her own -- radically reworked -- version with bassist Christian McBride and pianist Gerald Clayton. Her album also featured guest performances from trumpeter Clark Terry, trombonist Robin Eubanks, saxophonists Tia Fuller and Antonio Hart, and vocalist Lizz Wright. In addition to the original set's tracks, Carrington added some originals. Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue was released by Concord in February 2013. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi