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Jazz In Film (Film Score Anthology)

Terence BlanchardAudio CD
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“I’ve always believed that in life, what you keep in your mind is what you draw to yourself.” That’s how trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard explains the title of his 20th album, Magnetic, which finds a stunning variety of sounds and styles pulled together by the irresistible force of Blanchard’s vision.

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000I5Y3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Streetcar Named Desure
2. Chinatown
3. The Subterraneans
4. Anatomy Of A Murder
5. The Pawnbroker
6. Taxi Driver
7. Degas' Racing World
8. Mn With The Golden Arm
9. Clockers

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The jazz soundtrack must provide musical accompaniment to a movie and, of course, it must swing. That's what New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard does so well on this recording, which features noir-nuanced renditions of nine film selections from 1951 to 1995. Blanchard, a graduate of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and a noted film composer in his own right, is joined by two Jazz Messengers alumni, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison and trombonist Steve Turre. The late pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Carl Allen complete the rhythm section while special guest tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson offers his elliptical improvisations, with conductor Steve Mercurio's simpatico strings weaving a finely textured harmonic quilt. Blanchard takes Alex North's "A Streetcar Named Desire" down home with Turre's Coltrane-quoted solo and Harrison's Bird-like nod to Gershwin. Jerry Goldsmith's steely "Chinatown" is rendered mournfully, and André Previn's "The Subterraneans" is buoyed by Veal's delicious walking bass lines and Henderson's neocubist sax lines. Duke Ellington--who wrote the book on jazz soundtracks--is loved madly by the crew on his immortal "Anatomy of a Murder." Quincy Jones's "The Pawnbroker" is peppered by Allen's drum-brushed, soft-shoe rhythms, as is Bernard Hermann's "Taxi Driver," the former with Harrison's soulful horn work and the latter featuring Henderson's moody, melodramatic musings. Elmer Bernstein's "Man with the Golden Arm" has a fast-paced, fugal introduction that segues into a boppish melodic line, and Blanchard saves the best for last on his own spectral score for Spike Lee's antihood movie, "Clockers," with the trumpeter's pathos-pulsed solo and Kirkland's spotlight, which reminds us of why we will miss him. --Eugene Holley

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! June 9, 2008
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Jazz trumpeter and all-round music maestro Terence Blanchard puts his magical spin on 9 movie themes on this album from 1999 and I found it a delight all the way through. Some of the themes ("A Streetcar Named Desire", "The Pawnbroker", "Taxi Driver", "Clockers") I was already quite familiar with but most of the others were completely new to me. Blanchard's production is spot on and his arrangements and his lush, swelling orchestrations (conducted by J.A.C. Redford & Steven Mercurio) are just spellbinding. The whole affair is not quite on the same level as his recent A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) album (I still feel that that one is nothing less than a masterpiece) but it still very much merits a whole five stars.

He's joined here by (the legendary) Joe Henderson on tenor saxophone, Donald Harrison on alto saxophone, Steve Turre on trombone, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Reginald Veal on bass and Carl Allen on drums. The band is simply awesome, both as a rhythm section but also on their improvisations. I can't say I have any favourites songs; it's all good stuff, but "Degas' Racing World" is particularly charming and "Man With The Golden Arm" is great fun. I haven't seen the movie in question, but I'm guessing that it's some form of caper flick. I'm going to go seek the movie out, just to see if I'm right or wrong.

If this was Blanchard telling filmmakers what he's capable of when it comes to arranging really moving movie scores, surely he must've had them lining up at his door after this. Fantastic. I definitely need more Terence Blanchard CDs!

PS. This album is dedicated to the memory of pianist Kenny Kirkland, who tragically died towards the end of 1998. (May he rest in peace).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terence Blanchard is awesome! October 13, 2003
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Another painfully under-rated trumpet player. Terence has a wonderful sound, great technique and is an extremely creative player and composer. He has written the music for an unbelievable number of films and yet still is overlooked far too often. I met Terence in February with Quincy Troupe and also saw him perform live that previous night. The guy was on fire, and just put his guts into the horn the whole night. It was really amazing. Terence also makes great albums, and this is probably my favorite of those that I've heard. Here, he plays a bunch of movie themes and plays them in a jazz idiom. There are great players by his side on this album as well, including Joe Henderson, Steve Turre, Kenny Kirkland, Donald Harrison (great alto playing) and others. I particularly loved the rendition of "Chinatown", because it is a wonderful trumpet feature with its huanting melody and Terence adds a great modern jazz flavor to it. Also, Chinatown with Jack Nicholson is one of my all-time favorite movies. Kenny Kirkland has a great introduction on the piano. This is one of my favorite performances, and probably my favorite performance of a film theme. However, the rest of the album is also excellent. The swinging version of "A Streetcar Named Desire". The swing in the middle is great and Steve Turre takes an awesome trombone solo, quoting "It Don't Mean A Thing" and hinting at lots of excellent motifs. Terence finishes off the song very well. He takes an accurate tribute to Duke Ellington with the big band-flavored "Anatomy Of A Murder", which is Ellington at its finest. Like "Chinatown", he modernizes an already classic composition and updates it. Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this was Kenny Kirkland's last album January 2, 2003
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Will all the talent on this CD, a jazz fan can't go wrong.
For those fans of the late piano genius, Kenny Kirkland, this is a must-have CD. Not only was it the last recording he made, but his performance is so sensually exquisite. Oh, how he is missed by all who knew and loved him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shut up I'm not listening to you! June 11, 2000
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When I was listening to some one over the phone while this CD was playing on the other end, I did not hear anything he said because Terence Blanchards "Jazz on Film" was captivating my attention, so I rudely asked him in mid-conversation, "who is that". Needless to say I bought the CD within a few hours. A wonderful CD to add to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely CD March 1, 2009
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I had the priviledge of seeing Terence and his excellent current quintet play this music with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at our newly refurbished concert hall in New Orleans last night. Terence said he was very glad to see it back as he used to come hear the orchestra there as a kid, never really thinking he'd be onstage playing with them some day... It was a treat to hear this beautiful music live and it was great to be back in the Mahalia Jackson Theater, a sign of the continued recovery in New Orleans.

Before going, I found the CD here in my collection and it is a real good one. I have always had a soft spot for jazz combined with strings, "Charlie Parker With Strings" and "Chet Baker With Strings" two of my favorite recordings ever (as well as Clifford Brown's), but Terence has taken orchestration to new levels, totally and seemlessly integrating a jazz combo with an orchestra.

Sophisticated music of the first order and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No one can deliever like TB.
The scores in this CD are some of the best for any films. Terence Blanchard powers such movie scores as: Chinatown, A Streetcar Named Desire, Taxi Driver, and without a doubt the... Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Neil The Unreel
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz in Film
Great musicians, exquisite arrangements, magnificent sound recording. A jewel in his field, of course under the direction of a fantastic artist : Terence Blanchard.
Published on June 30, 2011 by Ann Marinus
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz in film
Terence Blanchard is so smooth and sultry in this wonderful CD of some noted classic film scores. This is a must have if you love Jazz. Read more
Published on June 1, 2011 by Righteous Sounds
5.0 out of 5 stars Like No Other
My title says it all and I won't go into a long review because listening (to the cd) will make you a believer. I bought the CD back when it was first released and somehow lost it. Read more
Published on June 3, 2008 by Rahsaan
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative Jazz
There are three compelling reasons to buy Jazz in Film.
Firstly, Terence Blanchard has enhanced his considerable reputation as a creator and arranger of great music. Read more
Published on December 31, 2007 by Robert B. Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the song listing for this CD?
How can I view the songs listing for this CD? My rating is based solely on the one song I heard!
Published on April 28, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Disc
I have FOllowed Terence Blanchard's Career since he started doing Spike Lee's Scores.This Disc is Really Strong.I really Enjoy His Covers here.Especially on Taxi Driver. Read more
Published on March 27, 2000 by mistermaxxx08
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine album dedicated to Kenny Kirland
Is this the last album where Mr. Kirkland appears? The power of the music stands out with his sweetly dissonant voicings. Read more
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