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A Tale Of God's Will

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For all the anger and devastation trumpeter Terence Blanchard has felt in the months since Hurricane Katrina ravaged his hometown of New Orleans--and the federal government failed it so shamefully--this elegiac orchestral work is remarkably clear-eyed, restrained, and, in the end, hopeful. That isn't to say pieces like "Funeral Dirge" and "Levees" don't impart deep and dark emotion. But even with strings at their back, Blanchard and the members of his first-rate working quintet (all of whom contribute compositions) never indulge in sentimentality. Blanchard's debt to Miles Davis is pronounced in his pinched lyricism and the economy of his virtuosic effects. The richly hued work washes over the listener, revealing more with each playing. --Lloyd Sachs

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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000SUKPNY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Olukayode Balogun on September 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I sincerely doubt it. I also don't think there's much of substance that I can add to what previous reviewers have said about this CD. I've known of trumpeter Blanchard for some time now and have been aware of his well-established working partnership with filmmaker Spike Lee but it wasn't until I heard his score for Inside Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), that I actually began to sit up and take notice. Then the Lee documentary When the Levees Broke came out and I remember wishing when I reviewed the DVD that the music from the documentary would be released on CD. Blanchard's work on it is truly amazing.

Well, we haven't got that exactly but we've got the next best thing and probably the nearest thing to it we'll ever get. I'm on vacation in northern California at the moment so I can't be 100% certain but I think three or four of the songs here are from the documentary (or revised and/or expanded versions of them) and all the others are definitely inspired by it. In the inner-sleeve notes, Blanchard walks us through various scenes in the documentary and explains how these inspired the various pieces of music. Others are inspired by the effect the disaster has had on Blanchard's own life, the lives of the people he loves and indeed, the life of his home city.

It's an incredible set.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Birdman on August 21, 2007
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For those who did not see Spike Lee's WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE, the experience of listening to this emotional music conjures up images of loss and perseverance after Katrina.

Blanchard has roots in Miles Davis's long, lonely notes, his drawn-out cadence. He also draws on the indigenous music of Louisiana -- in particular, New Orleans funeral music -- in his quiet pieces. This is night music of the highest order, enhanced by an amazing quintet and a jazz orchestra that plays with distinction. I can't single out this cut or that because the work hangs together as a whole

If you relished Miles Davis in the 1950's and '60's, this release will fit you like a glove -- all 72 minutes of it. The whole set is a bit like 'Round Midnight, but with much more exploration and more ties to time and place.

There is currently no parallel to this work in jazz. A beautiful, thoughtful album by one of the leading jazz musicians of this generation.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Davila on August 14, 2007
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Terence Blanchard is no stranger to penning good music, but in every note, chord and lick of the snare, I could feel his love for New Orleans on this musical masterpiece. Thank you for the opportunity to share in your 'Requiem' Mr. Blanchard. It was an experience just to hear it through my iPod. I await the day you pass through the DC/Baltimore area so I can experience this wonderful music live.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Keating on August 16, 2007
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This is hands down the best album out of any musical genre that I have bought in the past 2 to 3 years. It is what I would call a musical freak of nature.

Blanchard does not need words to describe how he feels. You can feel his sadness and rage throughout this entire album. Everything from the rhythm sections to the lead bluesy trumpet solos captivates your ears and your emotions.

Truely a masterpiece. I listen speechlessly in awe everytime I put this album on the cd player.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil Kasiecki on September 3, 2007
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The inspiration for this CD is the icing on the cake, as it's terrific all the way through and everyone in the band shines. At various points, different members of the band can be heard, especially pianist Aaron Parks, and they all contribute something to it.

"Ghost of Congo Square" is a good start, but the really great material comes right away after it, from "Levees" to "Wading Through" to the beautiful tune "Ashe". "In Time of Need" and "Mantra" are also fine tunes, the latter having a good intro right before it, and "Dear Mom" brings it to a beautiful close.

Although I've only highlighted a handful of them, there isn't a bad song on this CD at all and they go together very well.

This is the first CD I have bought by Terence, and it won't be the last.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on August 20, 2007
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Terence Blanchard has always delivered stellar work...point blank, period. What's invigorating about this latest project is its level of personal sincerity and depth in understanding the internal spritual and physical dynamics at play in such an recording, since those voices of those affected throughout each area by the disaster can still be heard, hauntingly, reminding all of those who care that there's still work to be done. There's plenty of hope and optimism throughout the recording as well as Mantra brillantly illustrates.

Similar to Wynton Marsalis "From the Plantation to the Penitentary," the emotions pour from their horns. Buy both with curiosity, openess, and enthusiasm, or stop listening to music altogether.
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