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Terence Blanchard: Band Stand

Terence Blanchard

More than writing movie soundtracks or playing in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Terence Blanchard had one primary desire since he started playing music. “More than anything, my goal was to have a band where every member was committed to making original, fresh music, not just copy whatever else was out there,” he says. “I really love the band that I have now.”

Now that Blanchard has his wish, he’s putting his group-tenor and soprano saxophonist Brice Winston, guitarist-vocalist Lionel Loueke, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott-to the test with the conceptually expansive new release Flow (Blue Note). It’s a remarkably diverse work that capably incorporates multiple influences.

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