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Magnetic (Terence Blanchard album)

Magnetic is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard.[8][9] The album was released on 28 May 2013 via Blue Note label.[10] Magnetic is his return to the label after a period of six years.[11] The record contains 10 original tracks by band members. For track "Don't Run", the album was nominated in 2014 for Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo.

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Studio album by
Released28 May 2013
StudioAvatar Studios, NYC
LabelBlue Note 509999 03354 2 6
ProducerTerence Blanchard, Robin Burgess, Frank Wolf[1]
Terence Blanchard chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[3]
About Entertainment3/5 stars[4]
PopMatters7/10 stars[5]
Toronto Star3/4 stars[6]
The Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[7]



Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes wrote "The 10 tracks, all originals by band members, unfold as varied, often-startling narratives. There are continuous episodic transitions, viewpoints shifting within the ensemble, foregrounds becoming backgrounds, unisons becoming counterpoint and counterpoint becoming, organically, solos. Blanchard’s trumpet eruptions on pieces like Almazan’s “Pet Step Sitter’s Theme Song” and Winston’s “Time to Spare” are ferocious yet technically exact, and that is before he turns himself into a trumpet orchestra with electronics. (Blanchard’s swirling “Hallucinations” is an exemplary aesthetic application of digital technology.) Coltrane’s soprano saxophone swoops into Blanchard’s “Don’t Run” like ecstasy unleashed. Winston’s concise statements are so integral to each tune that they feel less like solos than meticulous personal clarifications. Almazan knocks you down with brute force, touches your heart with lyricism and dizzies your brain with intricacy, all in the first minute of his five-minute piano epic, “Comet.” Halfway through 2013, here is a clear candidate for Record of the Year."[12]

Chris Barton of Los Angeles Times commented "...Blanchard is said to be inspired by a recent exploration of Buddhism. His journey in "Magnetic" may take many turns, but it's worth sticking with".[7] Geraldine Wyckoff of Offbeat added "Terence Blanchard brilliantly continues his life-long exploration of jazz on his latest release. As one would expect of a musician of his caliber, broad experience, talent and passion, the trumpeter, composer and arranger brings his all to every work. .. Magnetic' is serious jazz music that through its spirit and the artists’ vivid execution is able to instigate a smile and even a laugh."[13]

Track listingEdit

1."Magnetic"Terence Blanchard7:02
2."Jacob's Ladder"Joshua Crumbly7:59
3."Don't Run"Blanchard7:29
4."Pet Step Sitter's Theme Song"Fabian Almazan10:31
6."No Borders Just Horizons"Kendrick Scott7:21
8."Central Focus"Blanchard4:31
9."Another Step"Almazan2:34
10."Time to Spare"Brice Winston6:56
Total length:1:07:58



  • Terence Blanchard – trumpet
  • Fabian Almazan-piano
  • Ron Carter – bass(tracks 1 & 3)
  • Joshua Crumbly – bass
  • Kendrick Scott-drums
  • Lionel Loueke – guitar(tracks 4, 5, & 9)
  • Ravi Coltrane – tenor saxophone(tracks 3 & 4)
  • Brice Winston – tenor saxophone


  • Hayden Miller – art direction, design
  • Frank Wolf – engineer, co-producer
  • Robin Burgess – management, producer
  • Gavin Lurssen – mastering
  • Nitin Vadukul – photographer


  1. ^ "TERENCE BLANCHARD TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM | News". Blue Note Records. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Magnetic". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  3. ^ TURNER, MARK F. (May 23, 2013). "Terence Blanchard: Magnetic". All About Jazz. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  4. ^ Verity, Michael. "Review: Terence Blanchard - Magnetic". About Entertainment. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  5. ^ LAYMAN, WILL (13 June 2013). "Terence Blanchard Magnetic". Pop Matters. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  6. ^ GODDARD, PETER (July 23, 2013). "Terence Blanchard makes others up their game on Magnetic". Toronto Star. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b Barton, Chris (28 May 2013). "Album review: A 'Magnetic' journey for Terence Blanchard". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  8. ^ Montagut, Oscar (June 9, 2013). "Magnetic is Terence Blanchard's new album". Latin Jazz Network. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Terence Blanchard – Magnetic". Discogs. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  10. ^ "TERENCE BLANCHARD TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM TERENCE BLANCHARD TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM". Blue Note. March 11, 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  11. ^ Conrad, Thomas (June 18, 2013). "Terence Blanchard: Magnetic: Blue Note Records". Jazz Times. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  12. ^ Conrad, Thomas (June 18, 2013). "Terence Blanchard: Magnetic: Blue Note Records". Jazz Times. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  13. ^ Wyckoff, Geraldine (1 May 2013). "Terence Blanchard: Magnetic (Album Review)". OffBeat Magazine. Retrieved 5 May 2019.

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