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Friday April 14, 2017

From The Times

Jazz: Terence Blanchard: The Comedian
By: Chris Pearson

For many the Blue Note brand will always mean hard bop: robust swing with a soulful shot of rhythm and blues. That late-Fifties/early-Sixties golden age is long gone and even in its present incarnation the label covers all shades of contemporary jazz, as it should. So what a surprise that this latest offering would have slotted in nicely between an Art Blakey classic and one by Hank Mobley.

There has to be some excuse, and that is The Comedian, a forthcoming Robert De Niro film about an elderly jazz-loving entertainer. Terence Blanchard has crafted the kind of disc that De Niro’s character may have imbibed on vinyl, but this is no pastiche. With a sextet that includes the saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and the pianist Kenny Barron, the trumpeter brings 21st-century sagacity to vintage tropes.

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