Jenny Bagert
Larry Blumenfeld
August 24, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Tale of God's Will

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Terence Blanchard
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

Never have the New Orleans-based trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s dual careers — as jazz bandleader and film composer — dovetailed with such purpose as on A Tale of God’s Will. This ”Requiem for Katrina” blends his score for Spike Lee’s doc When the Levees Broke with new music. Accompanied by an orchestra, Blanchard’s quintet moves elegantly from African rhythms to modern swing to balladic repose, his horn’s curled pleas and soaring declarations channeling both pain and resilience. It’s the Katrina story CNN can’t tell, masterfully told. A-

Download this Hear Terence Blanchard perform ”Levees” at npr.org

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