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The timing could not be better for Terrence Blanchard's Blue Note debut release, Bounce. At age 41, Terence Blanchard joins fellow label mates and friends who, like him, have matured into modern standard-bearers, each with their own take on jazz tradition and their own particular interests. With Bounce, Blanchard convenes a diverse group of talented young musicians, all of whom help highlight the many facets of his musical vision.

The music on Bounce doesn't stay in one place, and it exemplifies Blanchard's style, which prompted People Magazine to comment: "Blanchard's virtues spring from his sense of restraint. The joy is in the tease!"

Blanchard has had successes in film music, orchestras and education, and of course as a jazz musician and bandleader. "Nothing can beat being a jazz musician, playing a club, playing a concert," he says. "When I stood next to Sonny Rollins at Carnegie Hall and listened to him play, that was it for me."

Terence Blanchard- Trumpet
Brice Winston: Tenor & Soprano Saxophone; Lionel Loueke: Guitar & Vocals; Robert Glasper: Hammond -3 & Fender Rhodes; Aaron Parks: Piano; Brandon Owens: Bass; Eric Harland: Drums

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For much of the twenty years he's been on the scene, trumpeter, film composer, and educator Terence Blanchard has been unfairly compared to Wynton Marsalis. But this time around, Blanchard delivers his turbo-charged, neo-bop to a new crew of young turks. His band includes the new-thing drummer Eric Harland, tenor saxman Bruce Winston, and West African guitarist Lionel Loueke. The music on this CD is far more open than Marsalis's, as evidenced by Blanchard's beautiful rendering of Ivan Lins' bossa nova "Nocturna," and a hip-hop friendly take on Wayne Shorter's "Footprints." Blanchard also revives a couple of tunes from his previous recordings. Throughout, Terence Blanchard's tone is strong and true, in its own sweet and swinging way. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0000A1WGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The trumpet player with the most recognizable sound in the business today makes his Bluenote debut, and a stunning debut it is. Blanchard leads an ensemble consisting of top shelf musicians that shine every chance they get. Drummer Eric Harland plays a major role in the success of the music. Whether providing rythymic explosions in just the right places (check out track 3 "Fred Brown") or just hanging in the back keeping it all together, the man is a monster. In the end though it's Blanchard's trumpet stands out. His solos are tight, to the point and dripping with emotion. He makes that trumpet moan.
The disc is full of variety including swinging workouts ("On the Verge"), moody ballads ("Nocturna") and Afro-Cuban ("Azania"). One of the highlights for me is a slow funk reworking of Wayne Shorter's classic "Footprints".
Terence Blanchard and Bluenote were made for each other. Sometimes an artist feels the need to switch gears along with switching labels. Luckily that's not true in this case. Blanchard continues to do what he's done so well in the past - make great jazz. He may not be breaking new ground with this record, but like I said he's making great music, and sometimes that's more than enough.
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As an earlier reviewer stated, Blanchard has recorded a number of fine albums, but this is the best. The compositions and arrangements are strong, the ensemble playing is flawless, the solos--from all players--range from good to mind-blowing. This album finds the sweet spot between adherence to tradition and openness to modernity.

Please ignore those who say that a couple of the cuts sound like smooth jazz; they don't. The most you could say is that a couple of the cuts bear a superficial similarity to smooth jazz, in the same sense that some of Pat Metheny's music bears a superfical similarity to New Age. But if you can't hear the difference between Terence Blanchard and Dave Koz, or the difference between Pat Metheny and Yanni, then God help you.
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By A Customer on August 19, 2003
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I remember going to a concert that Terence held back in June in Saratoga, New York, and he played a lot of the songs on this album. While the music sounds kind of like smooth jazz (ugh) on the first listening, after multiple listening you can hear a natural groove that simply can't be found in smooth jazz. His compositions are fantastic (session highlights include "Transform" and "Azania," where guitarist Lionel Loueke does an African chant), but one of the most intriguing elements of the album is the hip-hop inspired version of "Footprints." While I know somebody who would consider this new version to be a "disgrace to a classic song," I view it to be a breath of fresh air. Overall, this is unquestionably in the running for an album of the year award, whether Stanley Crouch likes it or not.
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I was drawn by the arrangement of Footprints on this album...think it's one of the best I've heard in a long time of hearing Footprints played in so many different ways by so many different artists, both local &

well-known. The rest of the tracs are smokin' too though. I'm pleased my attention was caught by his playing, he's not afraid to express himself & goes above & beyond the "comfort zone" so many musicians seem to settle into.
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Very good jazz CD. Nice to hear such a pure sound of the trumpet and the versatility of Blanchard. He is a true "young lion" and can go toe-to-toe with the great Wynton Marsalis. This is a comprehensive CD of traditional and contemporary (not smooth) jazz.
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By Clarence on February 20, 2015
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This is a great piece of art to listen to.
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