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Terence Blanchard takes on tragedy with 'Breathless'

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Friday April 24, 2015

On May 26, Blue Note Records will release “Breathless,” by Blanchard and his current band, the E-Collective. Like his Grammy-winning 2007 masterpiece “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),” “Breathless” is a thematic album inspired by tragedy. “A Tale of God’s Will” was Blanchard’s eloquent, elegant response to Hurricane Katrina. “Breathless” considers the deaths of African-American men at the hands of police.

“With this particular topic, it just seems like day by day, it’s getting worse,” Blanchard said. “You would think that there would be a turnaround at some point. But this has been going on for years.

“Most of America has never really fully believed what African-American youth have been saying in terms of their relationship with law enforcement. But now we’re actually starting to see it in the videos….We’re starting to see the sausage being made in law enforcement, and that’s something we’ve never seen before.”

To read more by Keith Spera in The New Orleans Times-Picayune click here