African American, Dianne Reeves, Female Vocalist, Grover Washington Jr., Jazz, Joshua Redman, Ramsey Lewis, Saxophone, Terence Blanchard, Trumpet
Hi everyone, this week concludes on the flip-side with some seriously radical jazz sounds featuring the likes of trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and Urban Knights which features Grover and Ramsey is possibly the best all-star group projects of the 90’s. Also the cool timbre of tenor hornman Joshua Redman is always an enjoyable experience and finally one of my favorite female vocalists Dianne Reeves rounds out the playlist for this weeks segment of the Weekend Spin.
Terence Blanchard | Flow [Modern Jazz/Blue Note/2005]
For a musician like Terence Blanchard, flow is about finding the moment when the struggle finally seems worthwhile, when all the years of study and work make sense. At the start of filming, Terence happily speculated that he may have finally assembled the perfect creative unit, a band that grows individually, and simultaneously as a group: “With this band, I just feel born-again! [laughs] It’s given me new life, piqued my curiosity, made me work hard again to really try to redefine myself, to develop and just be an artist. At the same time, I’m really having so much fun…” In the course of Flow’s visual collage of narrative, travelogue, and tunes — filmed on four continents — Blanchard, chillmaster of the urban film score (Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X, Barbershop, She Hate Me, The 25th Hour) and his young, incredibly innovative band nightly pushed the edges, inventing new music that touched the souls of audiences from Paris to New Orleans, at a huge venue in Tokyo and an intimate club in Osaka, and from the street scene of South Africa to the swimming-pool-studded canyons of Hollywood. But the exotic settings serve to frame the human background of the very real daily lives of six musicians, constantly on the move physically and creatively. ~ Source: Amazon.com/Jim Gabour