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 )

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Terence Blanchard (trumpet), Aaron Parks (piano), Derrick Hodge (bass), Kendrick Scott (drums, percussion), Brice Winston (soprano sax, tenor sax),

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


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