A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina)
Released: Aug 2007
Label: Blue Note Records
Terrence Blanchard's poignant dedication to post-Katrina New Orleans is among the most towering musical accomplishments in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Blanchard, so successful with film scores, shadows his mournful document with cinematic strings and atmospheric percussion. Three titles evoke the city's ghosts -- one haunts Congo Square, one's named Betsy, one dates from 1927, the year of the Great Mississippi Flood -- and all have a tragic gracefulness. Easily among 2007's best jazz records, the arrangements are chilling, the playing immaculate and the artistic achievement profound.