Cry of the East by Dan Blake
From the album
About the Album
"Cry of the East" is a track from Dan Blake's album "Da Fé" (“of faith”), Joining him on the album are Carmen Staaf on piano and Fender Rhodes, Leo Genovese on Moog, Prophet, Farfisa, Six-Trak, Fender Rhodes, Piano, Dmitry Ishenk on acoustic and electric bass and Jeff Williams on drums. "Da Fé" is urgent music for urgent times. New York-based saxophonist and composer Blake is no stranger to the international jazz scene, having performed with luminaries of jazz and the avant garde like Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage, Anthony Braxton, the Mivos Quartet, and many others. But he distinguishes himself as an activist and educator, where Blake's work resonates deeply with the impending climate catastrophe and the immediate need to organize around averting the worst of it. With "Da Fé" he asks the question "in what or in whom do we place our faith"? To pose this question wordlessly, Dan Blake harnesses all of his considerable skills that have earned him critical acclaim as a saxophonist and composer to create a soundscape with little parallel in the jazz world. The musical terrain that emerges is truly expansive, stretching from more serene modal statements like “Cry of the East” (dedicated to the impoverished multitudes in Palestine and beyond) to the wild electronic layering in the album’s title track “Da Fé”.
Prologue—A New Normal; Cry Of The East; Like Fish In Puddles; Pain; The Grifter; The Cliff; Doctor Armchair; Da Fé; Epilogue: It Heals Itself.
Dan Blake: soprano saxophone; Carmen Staaf: Fender Rhodes piano; Leo Genovese: piano, Moog synthesizer, prophet synthesizer, farfisa organ, six—trak synthesizer, Fender Rhodes piano..
March 29, 2021
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