David Hadju
April 09, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Malcolm X Jazz Suite

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Terence Blanchard
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B

Adapted from his music for Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, this ambitious suite by young trumpeter Terence Blanchard evokes both X generations: Malcolm’s, by mimicking — I mean, paying homage to — the brooding, modal, small-band jazz that Miles Davis was making at the time of Malcolm’s rise; and Blanchard’s, by meandering along without much regard for structural tradition. Most important, like the rarest of movie music (including the classic jazz soundtracks by Eddie Sauter), The Malcolm X Jazz Suite looks fine without the movie. B

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