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Terence Blanchard's Flow re-mastered to vinyl for Blue Note 75th anniversary

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As part of the Blue Note 75th anniversary, Terence Blanchard's Flow has been re-mastered to vinyl. Blanchard seems intent on establishing a personal statement with an eclectic group of songs with inventive arrangements. Drawing on New Orleans soulfulness and African roots, he collaborates with his fellow musicians to create unpredictable, harmonic music. The title cut (written by West African guitarist Lionel Loueke) is actually three tracks spread over different album sides. It starts with a trio (bass, drums and trumpet) approach that injects a moody, blues resonance. Blanchard nurses the melody with wandering hypnotic vibe. "Flow, Part II" is edgy in an avant-garde way with strange guitar tones and synthesizers. The electronic effects are prevalent on the final part. The African influence infuses Side One on "Wadagbe" (including "Wadagbe Intro"). Brice Winston's soprano saxophone adds an exotic shading and counterpoint to the trumpet runs. There is a variety of chanting and vocalese throughout the album.

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