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Terence Blanchard stops by WBGO's 'The Checkout.' Listen to the Interview

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Trumpeter Terence Blanchard and pianist Fabian Almazán play Ivan Lins's "Nocturne" and the blues live at WBGO and talk with Bill Daughtry about their collaborations, which include Blanchard's 2013 album Magnetic.  he says "I've always believed that in life, what you keep in your mind is what you draw to yourself" when explaining the title of his 20th album. Magnetic, finds a stunning variety of sounds and styles pulled together by the irresistible force of Blanchard's vision.

 

That credo stems directly from Blanchard's personal faith; raised in the Christian church, he has turned in recent years to Buddhism after meditating with Herbie Hancock while on the road with the legendary pianist. The idea of a spiritual magnetism "is a basic concept in any type of religion," he says. "Both Christianity and Buddhism have forms of meditation - one's called prayer and one's called chanting. But it's all about drawing on those things to help you attain enlightenment in your life at the same time that you're trying to give back to the community." LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW