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Friday March 15, 2019

From Exclaim!

Terence Blanchard – BlacKkKlansman
By: Brock Thiessen

With BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee effectively crafted himself a cultural moment, as the film not only nabbed some serious critical praise but prestigious awards recognition as well. Of course, the director didn’t do it alone, though, and one those key assists came from Terence Blanchard, who helmed the 2018 film’s Grammy-winning score.

While Blanchard may not be a household name in popular music, the musician and composer has an extensive resume, scoring a long list of films since launching his career in the ’80s as a jazz trumpeter. In addition to scoring projects such as Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X and 25th Hour, Blanchard has released a long list of jazz-oriented studio albums, including on the prestigious Blue Note label. And these many years of experience come shining through on his BlacKkKlansman score.

[…] Still, it’s no surprise that Blanchard won his sixth Grammy for the soundtrack’s “Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil),” which recently took home Best Instrumental Composition. It’s also no surprise that Waxwork has stepped up to press BlacKkKlansman to vinyl, marking the soundtrack’s first and only physical release.

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