Terence Blanchard: Ghost of Congo Square
Ghost of Congo Square
Terence Blanchard (trumpet)
A Tale of God's Will (a requiem for katrina) (Blue Note )
Zach Harmon, tabla and happy apple.
Composed by Terence Blanchard.
Recorded: Los Angeles and Kenmore, WA, 2007
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
On his opus recording A Tale of God's Will, trumpeter Terence Blanchard recalls the the spirits of old on this track, which opens up the album. I commend Mr. Blanchard for recording an album that attempts to deal with the tragedy of Katrina with music. This song opens up with a funky, shuffle beat that almost tricked me into thinking that I was listening to the Meters or Stanton Moore. The song is mostly drums, bass, and percussion with some nice trumpet notes by Blanchard as people sing, "This is a Tale of God's Will." Though a short song, it captures the essence and feeling of New Orleans within the first five seconds. Great opener for a stellar album.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley
Tags: 2000s jazz