The Malcolm X Jazz Suite (1993) 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… Terence Blanchard Jazz
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The Malcolm X Jazz Suite (1993)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Terence Blanchard; Genre: Jazz

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

Originally posted Apr 09, 1993 Published in issue #165 Apr 09, 1993 Order article reprints