Terence Blanchard »Absence«

featuring the E-Collective with Turtle Island Quartet – FoCus Jazz Trumpet

Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard © Cedric Angeles

Romantic Defiance

The stylistically far-reaching work of the living saxophone legend Wayne Shorter was a significant influence on the trumpeter Terence Blanchard. With »Absence«, the American trumpeter has now released an album that pays homage to Shorter’s work as a composer.

Born in 1962, Blanchard divides his time between Los Angeles and his home city of New Orleans, and he too has made a name for himself both as a trumpeter and composer. He has written music for several films by the director Spike Lee; and in 2021, his opera »Fire Shut Up in My Bones« was the first opera by an Afro-American composer to be performed in the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Blanchard recorded his album »Absence« with his e-collective led by pianist Fabian Almazan and guitarist Charles Altura, and with the Turtle Island String Quartet, which gives the music a chamber music feel. Blanchard’s own sound as a trumpeter is probably best described by borrowing the title of one of his earlier albums: »Romantic Defiance«.


Terence Blanchard E-Collective

Terence Blanchard trumpet, synthesizer
Charles Altura guitar
David Ginyard bass guitar
Oscar Seaton drums

Taylor Eigsti piano

Turtle Island Quartet

David Balakrishnan violin
Gabriel Terracciano violin
Benjamin von Gutzeit viola
Naseem Alatrash violoncello



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