Breath­less ★★★ Blue Note

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - COR­MAC LARKIN

The ti­tle of Terence Blan­chard’s new al­bum is a ref­er­ence to “I can’t breathe”, the last words New Yorker Eric Gar­ner ut­tered be­fore be­ing choked to death by mem­bers of the NYPD, so there are clearly weighty mat­ters on the trum­peter’s mind. His re­sponse is to put aside the straight-ahead hard bop that has made his rep­u­ta­tion and to dive into the deep blue wa­ters of funk and fu­sion. The spirit of Miles Davis would be hard for any Amer­i­can trum­peter in this genre to avoid, and there are cer­tainly echoes of elec­tric Miles, but per­haps also – in­ten­tion­ally or not – there is some­thing more Euro­pean here, rem­i­nis­cent of Nils Pet­ter Molvaer’s “fu­ture-jazz”, with the aus­tere Nordic grooves re­placed by the heat and flaw­less poise of some old-school jazz-funk. ter­ence­blan­chard.com

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