Terri Lyne Carrington and her band Social Science are the latest performers to grace NPR’s Tiny Desk.
The Grammy-winning jazz drummer kicked off the performance with “Trapped in the American Dream,” with vocals from Kassa Overall, before jumping into the Debo Ray-assisted “Waiting Game.” Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner then joined in for a spoken-word rendition of “Bells (Ring Loudly).
“I hope that you can enjoy this music because it can be heavy,” Carrington told the crowd during the performance. “We’ve tried to figure out a way to make it feel good and still give these messages […] there is so much we can be angry about, but you can’t really stay there. Instead, you can reach somebody on a human level.”
Carrington wrapped up her set with “Purple Mountains,” featuring Kokayi. All four songs are cuts from the drummer’s latest album Waiting Game, which arrived last November.
Watch Carrington’s Tiny Desk performance below: