Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Terence Blanchard
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Hurricane Katrina informs Crescent City native son Terence Blanchard's impassioned song cycle A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a 13-track emotional tour de force of anger, rage, compassion, melancholy, and beauty. A Tale of God's Will features Blanchard's quintet-pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott—as well as a 40-member string orchestra—and is his third album for Blue Note Records. (His second album for them, Flow, was nominated for two Grammys in 2006.) An important jumpstart for A Tale of God's Will was director Spike Lee's decision to document the aftermath of Katrina on ﬁlm, in what turned out to be the four-hour HBO documentary When The Levees Broke. Lee, who has enlisted Blanchard on numerous occasions to score ﬁlms such as Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour, and Inside Man, tapped him once again for his documentary. Four of the movie's tracks—"Levees," "Wading Through," "The Water," and "Funeral Dirge"—formed a nucleus of material for A Tale of God's Will. "Requiem tells the story," Blanchard says, "that needs to heard so that people will continue to talk about what happened after Katrina."