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Live is an album by American jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard.[4] The album was released on April 20, 2018 via Blue Note label.

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ReleasedApril 20, 2018
VenueThe Bop Stop, Cleveland, OH
The Dakota, St Paul, MN
The Wyley Theater, Dallas, TX
LabelBlue Note
ProducerRobin Burgess, Terence Blanchard, Frank Wolf
Terence Blanchard chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Financial Times3/5 stars[2]
All About Jazz4/5 stars[3]



Just as the preceding album Breathless, the present record explores the painful themes of racism, gun violence, and hate in the modern America. The E-Collective includes Blanchard on trumpet, playing alongside guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, drummer Oscar Seaton, and bassist David “DJ” Ginyard.[5] The "Live" tour also featured Tondrae Kemp on vocals. Live’s tracks were recorded during the concerts performed in three cities where confrontations between the police and African Americans escalated into unconscionable tragedy.[6] In Cleveland, a 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in 2014; in Dallas, five police officers were killed in an ambush in 2016; and in St. Paul, just days before the Dallas murders, a police officer fatally shot a black motorist during a traffic stop outside the city.[7]


Lucas Phillips of The Boston Globe wrote "From the first moment of Terence Blanchard’s “Live,” a moody drone creeping up from beneath the applause, there is the unmistakable feeling that something drastic took place just before it. It’s like the scene in a movie right after a violent climax where everyone is left to figure out what the heck just happened: Cue the music... The result is the honest, troubled vision of an onlooker trying to bring into sound the feelings of desolation, empowerment, anger, and confusion those incidents brought to their communities."[8]

Sammy Stein of Something Else! noted "... a great album musically, and it is clear Terence Blanchard has surrounded himself with accomplished and devastatingly capable musicians, well able to interpret his compositional works. I would like to hear this in concert, as it feels a little like some of the energy and freneticism is lost in the recording. The noise is softened, the aggression somehow quieted, as if just a tad afraid to fully unleash. Any holding back of emotion, however, is made up for in the sheer musicality of the band. This is a great album, and one worthy of many listens."[9]

Track listingEdit

1."Hannibal"Marcus Miller11:00
3."Unchanged"Charles Altura13:27
5."Dear Jimi"Blanchard4:45
6."Can Anyone Hear Me"Blanchard8:55
Total length:1:15:47



  • Terence Blanchard – keyboards, producer, trumpet
  • Fabian Almazan – keyboards, piano
  • Charles Altura – guitar (electric)
  • David Ginyard – bass (electric)
  • Oscar Seaton – drums
  • Tondrae Kemp – vocals (live)
  • Dr. Cornel West – spoken word


  • Henry Adebonojo – photography
  • Robin Burgess – producer
  • Gavin Lurssen – mastering
  • Paul Moore – design
  • Andrew F. Scott – cover art
  • Frank Wolf – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Tondrae Kemp – tour manager


  1. ^ Collar, Matt. "Live". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  2. ^ Hobart, Mike (27 April 2018). "Terence Blanchard featuring The E-Collective: Live — high energy". Financial Times. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. ^ Jurkovic, Mike (April 21, 2018). "Terence Blanchard: Live". All About Jazz. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ "TERENCE BLANCHARD TO RELEASE "LIVE" FEATURING THE E-COLLECTIVE ON APRIL 20". Blue Note. March 23, 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  5. ^ Micucci, Matt. "Terence Blanchard to release new live album". JAZZIZ. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Gail (April 21, 2018). "Terence Blanchard Talks New Album 'Live,' Gun Violence & Working With Spike Lee". Billboard. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  7. ^ Phillips, Lucas (April 18, 2018). "On 'Live,' Terence Blanchard steps into the firing line". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  8. ^ Phillips, Lucas (April 18, 2018). "On 'Live,' Terence Blanchard steps into the firing line". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  9. ^ stein, Sammy (2 May 2018). "Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective – Live (2018)". Something Else Reviews. Retrieved 23 May 2018.

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