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Terence Blanchard

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The crucible of catastrophe impels creative expression. Since the turn of the century, this has taken shape in manifold ways, from artistic responses to the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the war in Iraq to the pummeling of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It is this latter calamity that informs Crescent City native son Terence Blanchard's impassioned song cycle, A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a 13-track emotional tour de force of anger, rage, compassion, melancholy and beauty. A Tale of God's Will, which features Blanchard's quintet—pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott—as well as a 40-member string orchestra, is his third album for Blue Note Records

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Article: Live Review

Boston Lyric Opera Plays the Music of Terence Blanchard at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater

Read "Boston Lyric Opera Plays the Music of Terence Blanchard at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater" reviewed by Doug Hall


Terence Blanchard Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre Boston Lyric Opera's Champion: An Opera in Jazz Boston, MA May 22, 2022 Now in its 45th season, Boston Lyric Opera is the largest and longest-lived opera company in New England (founded in 1976). Standing away from popular themes, BLO's programming has remained faithful ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players

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From an early age, Walter Smith III began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in jny:Houston]} with another saxophonist. I took a solo on &#147;Blue Bossa." It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?" <br /><br ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lionel Loueke: Our Story Is What We Play

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When Lionel Loueke was coming of age as a young guitarist in his home country of Benin in West Africa, there were no music stores of any kind. He would have had to travel to Nigeria—the next country over--just to get his hands on some new strings. So he made due with what he had, cleaning ...

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Article: Year in Review

Doug Hall's Best Recordings Of 2021

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To echo the converging sentiments and “high-fives" for a slew of extraordinary releases under a continued full-frontal assault of Covid Revenge part 2, there is a lot to embrace. I found myself sweeping though streaming releases and recordings of a vast variety of jazz genre. Seeing new faces and old and making discoveries. Such a wide ...

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Absence

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Absence; The Elders; Fall; I Dare You (Intro); I Dare You; Envisioned Reflections (Intro); Envisioned Reflections; The Second Wave; When It Was Now; Dark Horse; Diana; More Elders.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Johnathan Blake, Florian Arbenz, Pat Metheny, Giorgio LiCalzi & Other New Releases

Read "Johnathan Blake, Florian Arbenz, Pat Metheny, Giorgio LiCalzi & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


A delightful end-of-summer menu of electro-acoustic new releases, building bridges between yesterday, today and tomorrow, visionary guitar and trumpet players, drummers and vibraphone synergies, and more music from the late Frank Kimbrough. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Kenny Garrett “Hargrove" Sounds from ...

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Article: Album Review

Victor Gould: In Our Time

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Over the course of his first endearing works, 2016's stunning, NPR Debut Of The Year Clockwork (New Fresh Sounds), Earthlings (Criss Cross, 2018) and the lush Thoughts Become Things (Criss Cross, 2019), pianist/composer Victor Gould has exhibited a relaxed romanticism, an unerring lilt to his music. A warm empathy that draws you into the joyful, reflective ...

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Article: Live Review

The 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival: A World Community, Day 3

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 This is the third of four pieces covering the 2021 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Two weeks before the festival, a decision was made to go to a virtual format due to the surge provided by the Delta variant of Covid-19. Three outdoor stages ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Wayne Shorter: An Essential Top Ten Albums

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At the start of September 2021, trumpeter Terence Blanchard released Absence (Blue Note), dedicated to saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, who for health reasons had recently been obliged to retire from performing, at least temporarily. Some people celebrating their eighty-eighth birthday, as Shorter did the previous month, might not welcome being the dedicatee of an album ...


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