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Flow
     

Flow

by Terence Blanchard
 

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Bringing in jazz icon Herbie Hancock to produce Flow was surely a cunning move on Terence Blanchard’s part. The ace trumpeter obviously wanted to veer away from his tried-and-true neo-bop sound, and the visionary Hancock guided him in a bracing new direction. Fear not, there’s still plenty of sterling improvising from Blanchard as well as his inspired band

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Bringing in jazz icon Herbie Hancock to produce Flow was surely a cunning move on Terence Blanchard’s part. The ace trumpeter obviously wanted to veer away from his tried-and-true neo-bop sound, and the visionary Hancock guided him in a bracing new direction. Fear not, there’s still plenty of sterling improvising from Blanchard as well as his inspired band mates: saxophonist Brice Winston, pianist Aaron Parks, and guitarist Lionel Louke. But the sonic environment that surrounds them has a more spacious, spacey, and mysterious sound. It’s deliciously dreamy and definitely funky in spots, and altogether engaging, even when the music glides rather than charges. Yet by the time the album reaches its nearly 12-minute climax, “Harvesting Dance,” a gripping dramatic edge has taken over. Flow is aptly named; it takes you on a mutating musical voyage unlike any other Blanchard has ever offered. By trusting in an older veteran like Hancock, the younger leader has taken a step up on jazz’s future.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vincent Thomas
Two years before Flow, Terence Blanchard released Bounce, a departure from anything he had done in his already storied career. It was a seminal album, with the ideas of a musician 20 years his junior, but the skill and command of the jazz great that he had become. As a follow-up, Flow exhibits that no one better balances traditionalism, provincialism and contemporary aesthetics like Blanchard. This is almost immediately evident and highlighted on "Wadagbe," the album's third cut. Blachard's instantly recognizable, clarion-call horn-tone is still there, as is the native New Orleanian's homage to the Nola stomp and mardi gras Indian chants, plus a classically lyrical jazz-head and an end-song coda that singes. Guitarist Lionel Loueke, still in his early 30s at the time, wrote "Wadagbe" and Benny Golson tribute "Benny's Tune." Young drummer Kendrick Scott wrote album-standout "The Source." In fact, Blanchard handles sole writing duties of just one song on the album, "Wandering Wonder," allowing his younger sidemen's voices to shine. It is this young energy that keeps Blanchard and the album's producer, Herbie Hancock, sounding so vibrant and current. Hancock, years into receiving Social Security, turned in the piano solo of the year on "The Source" -- a percussive display so cerebral, violent and dramatic that it almost defies belief. Few of Blanchard's Young Lion peers from the 1980s are still relevant in any fresh way, which makes Flow, together with its predecessor Bounce, such a revelation. Blanchard isn't stuck making 60s tribute albums or recycling the sound of his youth. Instead, he's hooking up with the hip kids, sometimes directing traffic, sometimes going with the Flow.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724357827324
catalogNumber:
78273

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Performance Credits

Terence Blanchard   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Musician
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Musician
Howard Drossin   Musician
Gretchen Parlato   Vocals,Musician
Brice Winston   Keyboards,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,EWI,Musician
Derrick Hodge   Bass,Musician
Aaron Parks   Piano,Musician
Lionel Loueke   Guitar,Vocals,Musician
Kendrick Scott   Drums,Musician

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Producer,Audio Production
Terence Blanchard   Composer,Programming
Howard Drossin   Programming
Don Murray   Engineer
Bruce Lundvall   Executive Producer
Nitin Vadukul   Concept
Brice Winston   Composer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Derrick Hodge   Composer
Aaron Parks   Composer
Lionel Loueke   Composer
Kendrick Scott   Composer

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