A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)
|A Tale of God's Will
(A Requiem for Katrina)
|Studio album by Terence Blanchard|
|Released||August 14, 2007|
|Studio||Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California; Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington|
|Terence Blanchard chronology|
A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) is an album recorded in 2007 by the Terence Blanchard Quintet.
Film director Spike Lee commissioned New Orleans native Terence Blanchard to compose the score for his 2006 four-hour HBO documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts", to show the agony of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In 2007 Blanchard recorded "A Tale of God's Will", which contains parts ("The Water", "Levees", "Wading Through", and "Funeral Dirge") of the recording that were heard in Lee's documentary. Blanchard's mother, Wilhelmina, lost her Pontchartrain Park home in the tragedy, but survived. The recording closes with "Dear Mom", Blanchard's heartfelt tribute to her.
Blanchard was accompanied by his quintet and the Northwest Sinfonia, a 40-member string orchestra (which he conducted and co-orchestrated). All the songs were written by four members of Blanchard's Quintet and serve to offer their own perspective of the tragedy. The opening track, "Ghosts of Congo Square", is a vibrant Afro-Cuban-style rhythm track that represents a place where those who resisted slavery were publicly hanged. Later, after the days of slavery had ended, Congo Square became a place where local people would gather and share the percussion music that their ancestors brought with them from Africa. The second track, "Levees", opens with melancholy strings, provided by the Northwest Sinfonia orchestra, and as Blanchard's trumpet eases into the mix, one can imagine old and tired levees straining to hold back the water that never ceases to push against them.[dead link] For the tracks "Ghost of Betsy" and "The Water", Blanchard drew on his own experiences as a little boy when Hurricane Betsy flooded his Lower 9th Ward neighborhood in 1965. He intended "Funeral Dirge" as a dignified repast for a montage of dead bodies. Pianist Aaron Parks contributed "Ashe" as a benediction. Drummer Kendrick Scott describes his "Mantra" as a "mantra for healing and renewal." Bassist Derrick Hodge's lush "Over There", written before Katrina, nonetheless fit the CD's theme. Saxophonist Brice Winston wrote "In Time of Need" after moving with his family from New Orleans to Tucson, Arizona.
All tracks written by Terence Blanchard except where noted.
|1.||"Ghost of Congo Square" (Blanchard, Hodge, Scott)||3:01|
|4.||"Ashé" (Aaron Parks)||8:18|
|5.||"In Time of Need" (Brice Winston)||7:53|
|6.||"Ghost of Betsy"||1:58|
|8.||"Mantra Intro" (Kendrick Scott)||3:22|
|9.||"Mantra" (Kendrick Scott)||9:49|
|10.||"Over There" (Derrick Hodge)||7:43|
|11.||"Ghost of 1927"||1:38|
- Terence Blanchard – conductor, trumpet, orchestration, producer, liner notes,
- Brice Winston – soprano sax, tenor sax, liner notes
- Derrick Hodge – double bass, bass guitar, liner notes
- Aaron Parks – piano, orchestration, liner notes,
- Kendrick Scott – drums, percussion, orchestration
- Zac Harmon – tabla
- Howard Drossin – orchestration
- Robin Burgess – associate producer
- Brian Valentino – engineer
- Frank Wolf – engineer
- Seth Waldman – assistant engineer
- Gavin Lurssen – mastering
- Lolis Eric Elie – liner notes
|US Top Jazz Albums||6|
- 2008 Grammy Award list Archived 2007-12-08 at the Wayback Machine.
- NOLO: And the winners might be
- Terence Blanchard-A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina)
- The Times-Picayune: Terence Blanchard Interview
- "A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) - Terence Blanchard | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
- Billboard Chart