Flow (Terence Blanchard album)

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Flow
Terence Blanchard-Flow.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 7, 2005
RecordedDecember 11–14, 2004
StudioJim Henson Studios, Los Angeles
GenreJazz, post-bop
LabelBlue Note
Blue Note 78273
ProducerHerbie Hancock
Terence Blanchard chronology
Bounce
(2003)
Flow
(2005)
A Tale of God's Will
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
Billboard(Positive)[3]
Jazz Review(Positive)[4]
The Washington Post(Positive)[5]
All About Jazz4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters7/10[7]

Flow is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, released on June 7, 2005 through Blue Note. The album was nominated for a "Best Jazz Instrumental Album" Grammy Award in 2005.[8]

Background[edit]

This disc, one of only a few projects that Herbie Hancock has produced for other artists,[9] is imbued with a dark-hued melancholy that really comes to the fore on a pair of elegant, shape-shifting ballads—"Benny's Tune", featuring Hancock on piano, and "Over There".[10]

Reception[edit]

Mike Joyce of The Washington Post stated "Flow, Blanchard's new CD, is proof that those salutary effects haven't worn off despite some personnel changes. A worthy follow-up to the ensemble's previous release, Bounce, Flow is more multifaceted than its title suggests, embracing modal harmonic forms as well as flat-out swing, southern soul grooves and West African beats, acoustic textures and synth-triggered shadings. The title cut, though, serves as the album's spine. Divided into three parts and punctuated by other performances, it finds the ensemble pared to a quartet, exploring everything from clattering blues to brassy exultations and Crescent City funk.[11]

Vincent Thomas of Allmusic wrote "...Flow exhibits that no one better balances traditionalism, provincialism and contemporary aesthetics like Blanchard. This is almost immediately evident and highlighted on "Wadagbe," the album's third cut. Blachard's instantly recognizable, clarion-call horn-tone is still there, as is the native New Orleanian's homage to the Nola stomp and mardi gras Indian chants, plus a classically lyrical jazz-head and an end-song coda that singes. Guitarist Lionel Loueke, still in his early 30s at the time, wrote "Wadagbe" and Benny Golson tribute "Benny's Tune." Young drummer Kendrick Scott wrote album-standout "The Source." In fact, Blanchard handles sole writing duties of just one song on the album, "Wandering Wonder," allowing his younger sidemen's voices to shine. It is this young energy that keeps Blanchard and the album's producer, Herbie Hancock, sounding so vibrant and current. Hancock, years into receiving Social Security, turned in the piano solo of the year on "The Source" -- a percussive display so cerebral, violent and dramatic that it almost defies belief. Few of Blanchard's Young Lion peers from the 1980s are still relevant in any fresh way, which makes Flow, together with its predecessor Bounce, such a revelation. Blanchard isn't stuck making 60s tribute albums or recycling the sound of his youth. Instead, he's hooking up with the hip kids, sometimes directing traffic, sometimes going with the Flow."

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Composer Time
1. Flow, Pt. 1 Blanchard/Hodge 5:29
2. Wadagbe (Intro) Loueke 4:14
3. Wadagbe Loueke 10:26
4. Benny's Tune Loueke 7:43
5. Wandering Wonder Blanchard 5:46
6. Flow, Pt. 2 Blanchard/Hodge 3:37
7. The Source Scott 8:01
8. Over There Hodge 7:32
9. Child's Play Winston 6:11
10. Flow, Pt. 3 Blanchard/Hodge 2:45
11. Harvesting Dance Parks 11:42

Personnel[edit]

For four days in mid-December 2004, the trumpeter worked with his sextet at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, California. Tracking the sessions at Henson was engineer Don Murray, who has a relationship with Blanchard dating back to 1995, when the trumpeter scored Kasi Lemmons' film Eve's Bayou.

Charts[edit]

Billboard Chart[12]
Year Category Weeks on Chart Peak Position
2005 Top Jazz Album 5 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Guardian review
  3. ^ Billboard review
  4. ^ Jazz Review review
  5. ^ The Washington Post review
  6. ^ Olson, Paul (June 6, 2005). "Terence Blanchard: Flow". All About Jazz. allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  7. ^ Layman, Will (2 June 2005). "Terence Blanchard: Flow". PopMatters. popmatters.com. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  8. ^ Grammy Award search engine
  9. ^ Record Release "Flows" from Blue Note
  10. ^ Terence Blanchard Teams Up With Herbie Hancock
  11. ^ Joyce, Mike (June 10, 2005). "TERENCE BLANCHARD "Flow" Blue Note". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  12. ^ Billboard chart history

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