Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard is one of today's top trumpeters. He has also composed several film scores mostly for Spike Lee. He was born Mar. 13, 1962 in New Orleans. He started taking the trumpet seriously as a teen and studied at Rutgers University from 1980-82 and toured with Lionel Hampton. His big break came when his pal Wynton Marsalis left Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers in 1982 and recommended Blanchard to replace him. He was musical director there until 1986 and then formed a band with sax player Donald Harrison & pianist Mulgrew Miller. Blanchard left to go solo in 1990 and signed with Columbia. He played trumpet in Spike Lee's 1990 film Mo' Better Blues but then Lee hired Blanchard to compose the score for Jungle Fever. He has written the scores for all of Lee's films since then including Lee's new film The Miracle At St. Anna. Blanchard remained at Columbia through the 90s and moved to Blue Note after his very successful 2001 album Let's Get Lost. This is probably because former Columbia A & R director Bruce Lundvall now runs Blue Note. The 2005 CD Flow was his second album for Blue Note and was produced by Herbie Hancock and Hancock played piano on The Source. Other musicians are Aaron Parks on keyboards, Brice Winston on sax, Derrick Hodge on bass, Lionel Loucke on guitar and Kendrick Scott on drums. Scott wrote The Source. It's good solid jazz with some fusion elements. Blanchard's latest CD is A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina) released in Aug. 2007. It won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble in 2008. It includes material Blanchard wrote for Spike Lee's HBO documentary When The Levees Broke. I don't know if Blanchard's score for Miracle At St. Anna will be released on CD. Here's Terence Blanchard with the musicians from Flow performing in Tokyo 2005.