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Terence Blanchard: Miles Davis, Four & More

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Terence Blanchard: Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, 30 June 2011

It's Miles Davis Four and More and the reason why it's so special for me [is] because I remember the first time I heard it as a kid.

Listening to that live performance blew me way because you know I had been listening to a very different style of trumpet playing and improvisation.

Those guys just kept me in a tail spin trying to figure out what they were doing, where they were going and I remember I was trying to get a handle on what jazz was so I would play each track—and this was back in the days of albums so you're trying to find that spot on the record with the needle! So I used to play 'em over and over and over again.

I would play you know, like 'Four,' I would listen to Miles play then I would only listen to Herbie, go back then only listen to Ron, go back, only listen to Tony.

I kept doing [it] until in my mind the whole album man... that album had such an impact on my life you know because it was so forward thinking in the realms of this music... and think about the date that it was recorded.

To think that it still stands the test of time today speaks volumes about how important it is.

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