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BLANCHARD WITHOUT HARRISON

When he first came to the fore in jazz, Terence Blanchard was only half a name. The full name of the young neo-Milesian group from New Orleans that dazzled the jazz world was the Blanchard-Harrison band. That's because Terence Blanchard's collaborator was fine young alto saxophonist Donald Harrison. Blanchard and Harrison went together like ham and eggs, Huntley and Brinkley, Martin and Lewis and Hall and Oates. But like Martin and Lewis, Huntley and Brinkley and Smith and Dale, it seems that Blanchard and Harrison have come to a professional divorce -- or at least a trial separation. Under those circumstances, everyone's natural predilection is to take a decidedly prurient interest in their musical differences. It doesn't take much, for instance, to hear that Blanchard was always the soulful one of the two. Besides, professional divorce worked swimmingly for their friends from New Orleans, the Marsalis Brothers. Under any circumstances, Blanchard is one of the more stellar talents to come along in a prodigally talented jazz generation. And now we have a chance to hear Terence Blanchard on his own in a quartet setting at 8 and 11 p.m. Saturday in the Tralfamadore Jazz Institute. -- Jeff Simon

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