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Terence Blanchard
Music for Film


Composer: Terence Blanchard
Conductor: Dirk Brosse
Performed by: Brussels Philharmonic
Label: Silva Screen Records
RRP: £13.99
SILCD1556 (CD), SILED1556 (download)
Release Date: 17 November 2017

Silva Screen Records release the first ever overview of Terence Blanchard's film music work approved by the artist performed by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brosse. Supported by the Film Fest Gent’s World Soundtrack Awards, Terence Blanchard Music For Film is the fourth release from the series and third on Silva Screen Records. Each year an outstanding film music composer is invited to present their work during the annual World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert. As part of the celebrations, Film Fest Gent and partner Brussels Philharmonic record a CD of their music in advance of the concert and this year’s guest of honour is Terence Blanchard...

World-renowned trumpeter, brass player, composer, band leader and five time Grammy Award winner, Terence Blanchard is most known and admired for his unique collaboration with director Spike Lee that started in 1991 and includes Mo Better Blues, Malcolm X, Clockers, 25th Hour, Jungle Fever, Inside Man.

I have to be honest and admit that I've not really followed the career of Blanchard, which is weird given that his background in Jazz has resulted in a lot of his compositions are in a similar vein to the work of John Barry, a composer whose work I have loved for years. This is something I'm going to address in the near future, and I have Silva Screen Records to thank for pointing me in the right direction.

Highlights across these 16 tracks (1 hr, 03 min, 19 sec) include 'Miracle At St. Anna - End Credits'; and 'Inside Man - Suite', but in all honesty there isn't a dull moment here as Brussels Philharmonic, under the conductorship of Dirk Brosse, do a fantastic job of bringing out the nuance of these new recordings.

Track list:

01 - 25th Hour - Opening Title
02 - 25th Hour - Jake’s Classroom
03 - 25th Hour - Playground
04 - 25th Hour - One Last Walk
05 - Clockers - Strike Packs Up
06 - She Hate Me - Rough ‘N’ Ready
07 - She Hate Me - Opening Title
08 - Miracle At St. Anna - The Prayer
09 - Miracle At St. Anna - End Credits
10 - Bamboozled - Main Theme
11 - When The Levee Broke - Levees
12 - When The Levee Broke - Ashe
13 - Chi-Raq - Main Theme
14 - Inside Man - Suite
15 - Malcolm X - Suite
16 - Red Tails - Victory Rolls


Darren Rea

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