Terence Blanchard records new album
March 18, 2009
NEW ORLEANS – Jazz trumpeter-composer Terence Blanchard honed his musical gift in the streets and clubs of his hometown New Orleans and received music’s highest honor for an album about the city’s darkest hour — Hurricane Katrina.
But in a career spanning nearly three decades that includes roughly 50 film scores and more than a dozen albums, Blanchard, 47, never once recorded an album in his hometown — until now.
After making an appearance on this year’s Grammy Awards show in a special segment celebrating New Orleans music, Blanchard said there was no better place to record his latest album, “Choices,” than at home.
“I was so proud to represent the city like that,” he said of leading the Dirty Dozen Brass Band onto the Grammy stage.
But Blanchard didn’t want the celebration of his hometown to end there. This month he got to work on “Choices” with his five-piece band and guest artist, Bilal, a hip-hop and jazz singer from New York. (“Choices” is slated for release before the end of the year, but an exact date has not been set, he said.)
While Blanchard’s last album, the Grammy-winning “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),” stemmed from the storm’s pain and destruction, this one would be a celebration of all that has survived Katrina, he said.
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