Flow (Terence Blanchard album)

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Studio album by Terence Blanchard
Released June 7, 2005
Recorded December 11–14, 2004
Jim Henson Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Jazz, post-bop
Label Blue Note
Blue Note 78273
Producer Herbie Hancock
Terence Blanchard chronology
A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[2]
Billboard (Positive)[3]
Jazz Review (Positive)[4]
The Washington Post (Positive)[5]
All About Jazz 4/4 stars[6]

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


This disc, one of only a few projects that Herbie Hancock has produced for other artists,[8] 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".[9] Several pieces, Blanchard returning to his African roots thanks to a spirited "Wadagbe" and "Harvesting Dance". Lionel Loueke, a native of Benin, starred on his composition "Wadagbe", which he led off by tapping his guitar's hollow body like a percussion instrument. Then he added a West African chant as his melody, with his voice doubled via microphone effects. The title composition "Flow", split into three tracks spread across the album, opens with a low, hungry groove driven by the group's most recent additions (bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott) and offers variations on the theme for "Part II" and "Part III". This album is an eclectic acoustic-electric hybrid, a nimble, uncompromising fusion of world music and mainstream jazz that suggests the shape of the genre to come.[citation needed]

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


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.


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