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
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.