Having been so successful with his film score for Clockers, it seemed like
a good idea to have Terry Blanchard produce his interpretation of the music
written by people like Duke Ellington, Elmer Bernstein and Andre Previn for
other films. Whoever's idea this was, it was a stroke of pure genius. This
is one of the most interesting additions to the Jazz Library in years and
establishes Terry Blanchard right up there with those legendary composers
and arrangers mentioned earlier. This is an album that could only have been
made by someone from the jazz fraternity, who could get the mixture right,
the right musicians, with a top class score, but with space for individual
All the arrangements are by Terry Blanchard, a monumental piece of work!
Blanchard was born in New Orleans in 1962 and came to prominence with Art
Blackey's Jazz Messengers in 1982. His partner in the front line of that
Band was another young musician from New Orleans, Donald Harrison whose top
class Alto playing blends so well with the leaders Trumpet. The experience
of touring with a Band like the Jazz Messengers always has a great influence
for good on young musicians. Tenor Saxophone player Joe Henderson is well
known to most jazz fans, he has led his own Quartet for many years after
working with Horace Silver,Herbie Hancock and for a time with Blood Sweat
and Tears. He is one of the most influential and gifted of modern jazz saxophone
players. Trombone player Steve Turre is another top rate musician who has
already recorded several albums under his own name.
The late Kenny Kirkland on piano is a real inspiration, in his sleeve note
Terry Blanchard said he waited to record the album, until Kenny was available
it is easy to see why. the Bass playing of Reginald Veal and the Drumming
of Carl Allen are totally sympathetic to the needs of the front line, how
I wish it was always thus!
In an Album of this type there are usually some tracks that you like better
than others, in my case I just thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and I am
left hoping that there will be a follow up very soon.
This is a five star album, of that I have no doubt! If I was on Desert Island
Disks it would be one of my choices.
1. A Streetcar Named Desire
3. The Subterraneans
4. Anatomy of a Murder
5. The Pawnbroker
6. Taxi Driver
7. Degas' Racing World
8. Man with the Golden Arm