JusticeJukebox: Terence Blanchard in New Orleans
Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard playing and talking in the devastation of post-Katrina New Orleans. Part of Spike Lee’s documentary, “When the Levees Broke.”
Blanchard composed and played the music for the film, which he expanded into a suite featuring his quintet and a 40-piece string orchestra called A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina). I have been listening to this CD for the past several weeks — it is chillingly beautiful, hauntingly evocative, reminiscent of the great albums Miles Davis and Gil Evans did in the 1960s (especially Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain). This recording is a true masterpiece.