Picks and Pans Review: The Malcolm X Jazz Suite

updated 06/07/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/07/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Terence Blanchard

Trumpeter Blanchard has reassembled the stately, elegant music he wrote for the film Malcolm X into a stately, elegant suite for his jazz quintet. While some of the performances hew too respectfully to the outline of the film compositions—man does not live by stately elegance alone—Blanchard & Co. often bring their improvisations to a fever pitch without losing the essential gravity of the movie's themes. (Columbia)

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