Over his prolific, 30-plus-year career, trumpeter Terence Blanchard has scored dozens of films — including most of Spike Lee's — while remaining a compelling and significant post-bop jazz artist. On last spring's Magnetic, Blanchard's cool, silvery tone leads his fine quintet (and a few stellar guests) through a modern soundscape that acknowledges bop and New Orleans roots. Both of the latter are most prominent on "Don't Run," which also reflects the blues and features Ron Carter's majestically plump, swinging bass and Ravi Coltrane's sizzling soprano sax. Elsewhere subtle electronic effects color Blanchard's trumpet, lending bubbling funkiness to the title track and spaciness to "Hallucinations." Above all Magnetic is a wonderful band album in the tradition of Blanchard mentor Art Blakey, with drummer Kendrick Scott, pianist Fabian Almazan, saxophonist Brice Winston, and bassist Joshua Crumbly all contributing tunes and glistening ensemble work. (Photo by Nitin Vadukul)
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