With more than 29 albums to his credit, including “Choices,” released in August, Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score composers of his generation.
The greatest album, ever?
Miles Davis’ “Porgy and Bess.” It symbolizes everything that is great about this country and what it means to be an artist. To see two great minds from separate backgrounds — Miles Davis and Gil Evans — come together and create something so beautiful and lasting is a strong testament to how all of us can come together to create a better environment for us and for our kids. Davis and Evans are the Magic Johnson and Larry Bird of the jazz world, making each other rise to the occasion.
Of those who’ve come before, the most inspirational are?
Miles Davies, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.
The creative masterpiece you wish bore your signature?
“Live at the Plugged Nickel” (Miles Davis). That album demonstrates what courage truly is. To be able to express oneself in such a unique manner while going against the grain of normalcy inspires me daily not to be afraid of the unknown.
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