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Terence Blanchard E-Collective (USA)

Terence Blanchard - trumpet
Charles Altura - guitar
Fabian Almazan - piano
Donald Ramsey - bass
Oscar Seaton - drums

Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically.  As a leader and co-leader, Blanchard has recorded more than 30 albums that often defied genres, yet were still critically acclaimed. But for his latest Blue Note Records album, Breathless, Blanchard powerfully and playfully journeys into another jazz realm with his new quintet, The E-Collective—an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues colors.

It's a first foray into straight-up grooveland for Blanchard, and he's thrilled with the dance-steeped party he and his quintet have cooked up. "Breathless is the album I've been wanting to do for quite awhile," he says. "Growing up I was listening to the Head Hunters and Weather Report, which had a strong effect on me. I always listened to groove-based music—Jimi Hendrix, Parliament Funkadelic and then later listening to Prince and D'Angelo and later what [jazz trumpeter] Russell Gunn was doing. But up to this point, I had never explored it."  Now, with The E-Collective, Terence Blanchard has forged yet another musical path, one that promises to be one of his best yet.
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