CD Choices [Terence Blanchard] (CD 4676803),
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Choices [Terence Blanchard]

  • 1. Byus
    2. Beethoven
    3. D's Choice
    4. Journey - (featuring Bilal)
    5. Hacia del Aire
    6. Jazz Man in the World of Ideas
    7. Him or Me
    8. Choices - (featuring Dr. Cornel West)
    9. Hugs (Historically Underrepresented Groups)
    10. Winding Roads
    11. When Will You Call - (featuring Bilal)
    12. New Note Angel, A
    13. New World, A (Created Inside the Walls of Imagination)
    14. Touched by an Angel
    15. Robin's Choice
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 31736

  • Credits
    ProducerRobin Burgess; Frank Wolf; Terence Blanchard
    EngineerFrank Wolf

    Personnel: Terence Blanchard (trumpet, synthesizer); Bilal (vocals); Dr. Cornel West (spoken vocals); Lionel Loueke (guitar); Walter Smith III (saxophone); Fabian Almazan (piano); Derrick Hodge (acoustic bass, electric bass); Kendrick Scott (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Frank Wolf.
    Liner Note Author: Dr. Cornel West.
    Introduction by: Dr. Cornel West.
    Photographer: Shannon Brinkman.
    CHOICES is composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard's debut recording on the Concord label. And in a career with filled with many shifts and changes, it may be the most radical of all. The album was recorded in Blanchard's hometown of New Orleans at the Ogden Museum of Art and features his longtime cohorts, pianist Fabian Almazan, Derrick Hodge on bass, drummer Kendrick Scott, and Lionel Loueke on guitar. Saxophonist Walter Smith III joins the band here as well. In addition there are spoken word readings by intellectual, author, philosopher, and activist Dr. Cornel West, and vocals by neo-soul singer Bilal. With all this talent on hand, CHOICES is a meld of speculative post-bop, experimental yet accessible song forms, and one that might be best showcased in a live setting.

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.56) - "Hodge's `Winding Roads,' CHOICES' longest track, is also its most panoramic, subtly slipping from one disparate texture and ambiance to another."
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