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Malcolm X Jazz Suite
Terence Blanchard
Malcolm X Jazz Suite
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
 
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In 1982, Terence Blanchard replaced his hometown pal Wynton Marsalis in the trumpet chair in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and now Blanchard has emerged as Marsalis's only real rival as a modern composer of jazz suites in ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Terence Blanchard
Title: Malcolm X Jazz Suite
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1993
Re-Release Date: 4/20/1993
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074645359922, 0746453599202, 074645359946

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In 1982, Terence Blanchard replaced his hometown pal Wynton Marsalis in the trumpet chair in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and now Blanchard has emerged as Marsalis's only real rival as a modern composer of jazz suites in the Ellington mode. As the composer and orchestrator for Spike Lee's Jungle Fever and Malcolm X, Blanchard has displayed the ability to reinforce the shifting emotions of an ongoing narrative and to come up with striking melodic motifs that are repeated in altered forms throughout a long piece. Now Blanchard has taken the strongest motifs from the latter film and rearranged them for his brilliant jazz quintet, and has recorded the result as The Malcolm X Jazz Suite. --Geoffrey Himes

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CD Reviews

BLANCHARD'S BEST.
11/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is without a doubt Terence Blanchard's best record. I don't think he's a trumpet player that records particularly well and this is before his days of smearing/ half-valving every second note which became downright painful. The band swings like mad in a really dark mood (mainly minor keys)."
Absolutely exquisite and impassioned
08/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I know. You're thinking, "5 star status to a Terrence Blanchard album. Can he be that good? Can he really produce a classic?" Yes. For me, this is a classic work of introspective, quasi-symphonic post-bop. Unfortunately, many folks don't seem to know about this album. I'm not a big Blanchard fan. I don't really know a lot of his stuff. However, you will listen to this album repeatedly. It is deep, introspective, and workman-like. Blanchard was obviously very dedicated, contemplative, and passionate in his creation of this relatively obscure work. On this album, he is the consumate craftsman, composer, and player. Enjoy."
One of Blanchard's best!
Octavia Holland | New York USA | 08/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Malcolm X Jazz Suite is unique because it coincides with the Malcolm X soundtrack done by Spike Lee's father. Blanchard's is wonderful! If you are a jazz lover and soundtrack collector, get this!"