[Blue Note]

Terence Blanchard, continues to give new meaning to the word prolific. Primarily known as a jazz trumpeter and composer, he’s worked as an educator and written music for films, theater and even opera. So when he actually gets around to releasing proper jazz records it’s an event. Happily, Magnetic is as strong as anything he’s produced. Surrounding himself with his regular quintet, Blanchard surveys various strains of contemporary jazz, altering moods, shifting tempos and keeping jams lively. When it’s necessary, Blanchard plays the hell out of his horn, but this is an integrated work, and both individually and collectively, his band members shine. A handful of guests add their voices, but Blanchard’s vision always hovers at the surface. It’s first-class 21st century jazz from one of its reigning masters. –Jeff T.


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