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Terence Blanchard: Magnetic

Magnetic is Terence Blanchard’s return to the Blue Note label after an absence of six years. Its release coincides with the June 2013 premiere in St. Louis of Blanchard’s first opera, Champion. Magnetic is a small-group recording of uncommon richness, complexity and scope. It sounds like the work of a jazz musician who writes operas.

Blanchard also writes film scores, and is accustomed to having orchestras and voices at his disposal. He has said that he wants to bring such a “diverse and expansive color palette” to his quintet. Magnetic is successful in achieving this ambitious goal. Blanchard has access to special resources: his own bold yet selective use of electronics; high-impact guests (Ravi Coltrane, Ron Carter, Lionel Loueke); and the individual and collective creativity of one of the strongest working bands in jazz (tenor saxophonist Brice Winston, pianist Fabian Almazan, drummer Kendrick Scott, new 21-year-old bassist Joshua Crumbly).

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