Blanchard, Terence / Flow, the
Album: Flow, the   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Blanchard, Terence   Added:Jul 2005
Label:Blue Note  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-07-10 Pull Date: 2005-09-11 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Sep 11 Aug 28 Aug 21 Jul 24 Jul 17
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 30, 2009: No Cover, No Minimum
Harvesting Dance
4. Sep 09, 2005: chapter 15.0: more time than last time
Harvesting Dance
2. Mar 09, 2007: No Cover, No Minimum
Benny's Tune, Wadagbe, Wadagbe (Intro), Flow, Part 1
5. Aug 23, 2005: Storytime! -- I
Flow, Part 1
3. Sep 09, 2005: Memory Select
Harvesting Dance
6. Aug 19, 2005: chapter 11.0: don't touch that phone
Flow, Part 1

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-07-24
Excellent mainstream session with a cool, restrained edge. Lots of synthesizers for matte-like backgrounds (1,2). ACOUSTIC guitar plus liquidy ELECTRIC bass on many tracks, creating some really different touches to the album. This band wouldn't be kicked out of a staid jazz club, but Blanchard manages to produce something different, a low-key adventuresome sound.

It's arguably overproduced (see the scathing review in the magazine "Signal To Noise") but I like it.

Herbie Hancock guests on 4 and 7.

For similar sonic/acoustic jumbling in a less mainstream context, check out Henry Threadgill's "Up Popped the Two Lips."

1- Cool and sneaky, mid/fast with an outside air
2- Floaty atmosphere, distinct African tones. Liquidy electric bass.
3- African chant, midtempo. Ends up in a contempo acoustic-guitar solo.
4- Mid/slow mellowness
5- Mid/fast, bubbling, mildly Latin
6- Interlude with cool backwards acoustic guitar!
7- What I like to call "cold fire:" deceptively mellow feel that leads into intense, stormy soloing.
8- Slow, warm, welcoming
9- Cool mid/fast number
10- Brisk and upbeat interlude
11- Dynamic mid/fast piece with sprawling, psych-y electric guitar. Big ending.

Track Listing
1. Flow, Part 1   6. Flow, Part 2
2. Wadagbe (Intro)   7. The Source
3. Wadagbe   8. Over there
4. Benny's Tune   9. Child's Play
5. Wandering Wonder   10. Flow, Part 3
  11. Harvesting Dance