Released: May 2013
Label: Blue Note
The trumpeter-bandleader returns to Blue Note after an eight-year absence, during which he mostly worked as a film composer. His sophistication shows throughout: The gentle electronic effects (as on "Hallucinations") sit well with the burning post-bop playing ("Don't Run" features hot licks from Blanchard's trumpet as well as from Ravi Coltrane's tenor sax). Blanchard's working band brings the funk when needed and drops in some Latin swing, too. Plus Lionel Loueke's guitar graces some tracks (hear him on the winding "Pet Step Sitter's Theme Song"). A fine comeback.