Free Association - Vol. 2 with Michael Blake

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Free Association is a series of collaborative mixtapes curated by Mondo Jazz in association with musicians and selectors of various origins.

Free Association mixtapes develop as a conversation. The first selector sends a tune cherry-picked to suit, and ideally surprise, the second selector who then, in turn, returns the favor. An hour or so into this exchange, after unexpected turns and joyful revelations, the two look back at the results of this game of musical tennis-table and decide whether to share it with the world.

The guest selector for the first instalment of this series is the Brooklyn-based Canadian saxoponist Michael Blake, whose eclectic and compelling music is regularly featured on Mondo Jazz.

Mondo Jazz's picks are the odd numbered ones; Michael Blakes's the even numbered ones.


  • Jenny Scheinman "Hard Sole Shoe" Crossing the Field (Koch) 00:00
  • Les McCann "Doin' That Thing" Much Les (Atlantic) 08:17
  • Don Grolnick "Nothing Personal" Weaver of Dreams (Blue Note) 16:44
  • Kenny Wheeler "Foxy Trot" Double Double You (ECM) 22:25
  • Paolo Fresu Sextet "Appuntamento sul treno" Opale (Splasc(H)) 36:27
  • Pee Wee Russell, Coleman Hawkins "Tin Tin Deo" Jazz Reunion (Candid) 40:55
  • Ballin' the Jack "Fugueaditty" The Big Head (Knitting Factory) 49:49
  • Art Ensemble Of Chicago, "Charlie M" Full Force (ECM) 53:49
  • Greg Ward & 10 Tongues "With All Your Sorrow, Sing A Song of Jubilance Touch My Beloved's Thought (Greenleaf) 1:03:02

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