Terence Blanchard Goes Electric for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

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Friday November 30, 2018

From Variety

Terence Blanchard Goes Electric for ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Score
By: Jon Burlingame

Seeing an early cut of Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ convinced composer Terence Blanchard that electric guitar should be the primary voice of the score. ‘When I saw those Afros and leather jackets and bellbottom pants, man, that brought me back to a period of my adolescence,’ he says. Blanchard, best known as a jazz trumpeter and bandleader, now has an electric band, the E-Collective; he recorded them playing the key elements of the score in his hometown of New Orleans. That’s Blanchard himself on electric piano. He added a 60-to-70-piece orchestra ‘for those quiet moments, and for those big sweeping emotional moments.’

The film marks Blanchard’s 19th collaboration with Lee. ‘I think this movie is the culmination of everything Spike has done in his career,’ Blanchard says.

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