Jazz innovator Terence Blanchard fills Marcus Center with daring music

Terence Blanchard brought his E-Collective and the Turtle Island String Quartet to the Marcus Performing Arts Center for a concert Nov. 4.

As a composer, Terence Blanchard is having fun with a vivid spotlight these days. As a bandleader, he shared that light-weight with the venerable Wayne Shorter and eight collaborating musicians for the duration of Thursday’s concert at the Marcus Performing Arts Middle. 

In September, New York’s Metropolitan Opera premiered Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” the Met’s very first general performance ever of an opera by a Black composer. Blanchard’s already properly recognized for composing quite a few scores for Spike Lee movies and Television set productions, which include “Malcolm X,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “When the Levees Broke.” And the trumpeter has been an vital jazz participant considering the fact that his 1980s stint with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Blanchard came to Milwaukee with the E-Collective, his performing band, and the Turtle Island Quartet in help of “Absence,” a new album that salutes Shorter, the 88-yr-aged saxophonist and composer who’s a person of jazz’s finest residing figures. But most of Thursday’s show, and of the album itself, consisted of tunes composed by Blanchard, bassist David Ginyard Jr. and guitarist Charles Altura in the spirit of Shorter.