The Jazz Session #566: Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is one of jazz’s most esteemed trumpeters and defies expectations by creating a spectrum of artistic pursuits. He’s a twice-Oscar nominated film composers, and a two-time opera composer whose most recent opera “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” opens New York’s Metropolitan Opera season on 27 September 2021. A month ago, on the 27th August, Terence released  his new album Absence on Blue Note Records. It features his synth-inflected band E-Collective and the acclaimed Turtle Island Quartet and pays homage to the life and music of the great Wayne Shorter. Terence was in the middle of rehearsing the opera in NYC when we chatted about jazz, opera, film scoring, and the lasting effect of great teachers.

Show Notes:
Tracks played:
– Absence
– Diana
– The Second Wave
– Excerpt from “Champion” performed by the Washington National Opera
– When It Was Now
Perry Mason Official Soundtrack, “Home Alone”

Absence was released on 27 August 2021 on Blue Note Records
Fire Shut Up In My Bones runs at The Met in NYC from 27 September till 23 October 2021

Theme music by The Respect Sextet
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Author: Jason Crane