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WaterTower Music is excited to announce today’s release of Perry Mason: Chapter 1 (Music From The HBO® Series - Season 1), which stars Matthew Rhys, and features 7 tracks from the show’s 1st episode. The five original score tracks were written by the artistic force that is six-time Grammy-winner, Oscar® 

nominated trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard (Da 5 Bloods, BlacKkKlansman) who is featured on several of the tracks. The 2 jazz standards on the album feature Luke Carlsen and were performed by The Perry Mason New Year’s Eve Band. As episodes air, fans can look forward to additional music being released over the course of the season, culminating in a soundtrack at the season’s end. 

The prolific and highly respected musician discussed his work on the project. “Tim Van Patten is an amazing storyteller. Every inch of the screen is utilized to create a cinematic journey that is captivating and exciting. It is an honor to work on a series whose direction is so clear and able to take chances that are so daring. This is not your parent’s Perry Mason,” Blanchard continued. ”I tried to create a mixture of sonic colors from the period without being bound to it. At the same time, I wanted to create something contemporary and fresh.” 

Perry Mason: Chapter 1 (Music From The HBO® Series - Season 1) features 7 tracks from the 1st chapter (episode) and is now available on all digital platforms. The track list is as follows:

ABOUT PERRY MASON:  1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself. 

ABOUT TERENCE BLANCHARD: Oscar® nominee, six-time Grammy-winner and 2018 USA Fellow trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present. 

From his expansive work composing the scores for Spike Lee films ranging from the documentary When the Levees Broke, about Blanchard’s hometown of New Orleans during the devastation from Hurricane Katrina to the epic Malcolm X; and the latest Lee film, Da 5 Bloods, Blanchard has interwoven melodies that created strong backdrops to human stories. 

Blanchard received an Oscar® nomination for his original score for Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. He was also BAFTA nominated for his original music for the film. He won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition for writing “Blut Und Boden (Blood and Soil)” a track from BlacKkKlansman. 

More recently, Blanchard has composed his second opera, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on the memoir of celebrated writer and The New York Times columnist Charles Blow. The libretto was written by Kasi Lemmons and commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis where it premiered in June 2019. The New York Times has called Blanchard’s opera “inspiring,” “subtly powerful” and “a bold affecting adaptation of Charles Blow’s work.” The Metropolitan Opera of New York will premiere Fire in 2022-23, making it the first opera composed by an African American composer to premiere at the MET. Blanchard’s first opera, Champion also premiered to critical acclaim in 2013 at OTSL and starred Denyce Graves with a libretto from Pulitzer Prize Winner, Michael Cristofer.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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