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Tuesday June 02, 2015

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard makes a powerful political and musical statement with his new E-Collective quintet on “Breathless,” his first plunge as a bandleader into groove-based electric fusion music drawing on funk, R&B and the blues.

The title track, inspired by the last words (“I can’t breathe”) of Eric Garner, who died in a New York police officer’s chokehold, is a moving father-and-son dialogue featuring Blanchard’s muted crying trumpet and son JRei Oliver’s spoken-word reflection on the effects of racism.

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