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Tuesday April 18, 2017

From Houstonia

Grammy-Winning Trumpeter Terence Blanchard Performs in Houston
By: Chris Becker

For those who only know Blanchard as a skilled master of classic jazz, The E-Collective may sound like a departure. Whether tearing it up on the Mary J. Blige-esque ballad ‘Shutting Down,’ which was sung on the album by singer and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, or channeling his inner Star Child on the majestic ‘Cosmic Warrior,’ Blanchard’s performance is perfectly suited to the music’s amplified, electric atmosphere. His jaw-dropping technique heightens the emotional content and sometimes political subtext of the music, as the spoken word lyrics of the album’s title track references the last words of Eric Garner-‘I Can’t Breathe’-which in turn became a protest chant for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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