TERENCE BLANCHARD and The E-COLLECTIVE
Terence Blanchard is one of the most outstanding and acclaimed trumpet players of today’s jazz: as for popularity he can be considered second only to his childhood and school friend Wynton Marsalis. Born in New Orleans, Terence Blanchard gained his experience playing in Lionel Hampton’s orchestra and in 1982 taking the place of his friend and fellow citizen with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Since then it has been a never ending success with nominations and awards at the Grammys, records and famous soundtracks especially for Spike Lee (Jungle Fever, Malcom X, The 25th hour, SOS Summer of Sam, Miracle at Sant’Anna). He is very close to the culture and the problems of his people: “You get to a certain age and you ask yourself: ‘Who gets up and speaks for us?’ Then you look around and realize that James Baldwin, Muhammad Ali and Dr King are no longer here … and you begin to understand that everything falls to you. I do not mean to say that I want to change everything, I’m just trying to tell the truth.” Terence Blanchard continues his quest for a better world obviously through music: with E-Collective, a group that follows the footsteps of electric jazz with funky colours and inflections, he has recorded two albums, the second of which live, an apparently ideal way to bring out the full potential of the leader and his band.