Terence Blanchard's stunning new album Magnetic features ten original songs written by Blanchard or a member of his quintet: saxophonist Brice Winston, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Joshua Crumbly, and drummer Kendrick Scott. Magnetic also showcases special guest appearances from bass legend Ron Carter, as well as label-mates saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and guitarist Lionel Loueke. Magnetic is yet another genre-defying chapter in this innovative musician and film composer's life.
Magnetic is Blanchard's first release since the critically-acclaimed 2009 album, Choices, and marks Blanchard's return to Blue Note, which last released A Tale of God's Will, his Grammy-winning triumphant 2007 requiem for his home city, New Orleans, in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Magnetic was produced by Blanchard, Robin Burgess and Frank Wolf and recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City. The vast array of approaches undertaken by the ensemble throughout the album is striking, from the blistering bop of “Don't Run” to the fragile ballad “Jacob's Ladder”; the psychedelic electronic haze of “Hallucinations” to the urgent edginess of “Another Step.” As Blanchard says, “It's a wide range of musical ideas that come together through the efforts of the guys in the band.”
In addition to his US tour this summer, on June 15th Terence will combine forces with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Jazz St. Louis to premiere Blanchard's first opera, Champion, an "Opera in Jazz" based on the story of the boxing champion Emile Griffith. With music by Blanchard and libretto by the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Michael Cristofer, Champion blends the uniquely American tradition of jazz with the dramatic power of opera.
US Tour Dates
August 8, 2013 - August 11 - Quintet- Washington, DC - Blues Alley | More Info
September 5, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - SF Jazz Center | More Info