By Steve Futterman
Updated March 05, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Trumpeter Blanchard’s an old hand when it comes to scoring films; he’s responsible for the music in much of Spike Lee’s recent work. Here he pays spirited homage to earlier scores that incorporated jazz elements, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Chinatown, and Taxi Driver. Fleshing out the distinctive themes are such A-list improvisers as saxophonist Joe Henderson and trombonist Steve Turre. B

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