A/B SQUARED:Terence Blanchardfeat. The E-Collective
More than thirty years after playing at the Festival with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Terence Blanchard returns to Montreux to honor him with his A/B Squared project. The American trumpet player and composer is arriving at the Festival, as he makes headlines all over. Early this year he was nominated for the Oscars and won the Grammy Awar for best instrumental composition for the soundtrack of the film BlacKkKlansman. Blanchard has been Spike Lee’s official composer since 1991’s Jungle Fever, and he is also accustomed to making powerful political statements. His latest album, on Blue Note Records, was recorded in three American cities stained by tragedies between police officers and African-American citizens. Both somber and luminous, it reflects the frustration and the hope of an entire people, supported by his E-Collective that is mind-blowingly inventive and masterful.