Real artists are originals who have a calling. The majority of people in the music world are often mere marketing confections or showcase acts, but not real artists. Acts can have hits, but usually their time in the spotlight is short lived. Real artists have a vision and follow it for the long term, creatively expressing themselves in abundance.
Witness Terence Blanchard who early on made a name for himself as a top tier jazz trumpeter from New Orleans and who has gone on to enjoy a multifaceted career both in the jazz camp and beyond. He’s not only a five time Grammy Award winner, but he’s also a renowned film-score and soundtrack composer (most recently for George Lucas’s 2012 Red Tails film about the Tuskegee Airmen).
A veteran of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (recommended by Wynton Marsalis as his replacement in 1983), Blanchard began his own recording career in a band co-led with saxophonist Donald Harrison, delivering two albums for Concord and three more for Columbia before launching his solo career with his eponymous 1991 album, also for Columbia. He delivered nine albums for Columbia and Sony Classical.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“… a band firing on all cylinders with enthusiasm, imagination, and considerable sophistication.” -All Music
“Mr. Blanchard showed off the prettiest part of his playing, evocative, meditative and sort of scene-setting: he calmly bends notes, muting his liquid sound without using an actual mute.” -New York Times
“Blanchard’s trumpet eruptions… are ferocious yet technically exact, and that is before he turns himself into a trumpet orchestra with electronics.” -Jazz Times