Michael Blake - The Restless Adventures of a World Awakening Artist

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An enduring presence for the last 30 years, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Michael Blake has built his reputation playing jazz and creative music in New York City. The visionary composer and arranger has built a discography that impresses for depth and range, from his hard-hitting projects Hellbent and Blake Tartare, to the soul and R&B tinged Red Hook Soul, to tribute projects dedicated to the repertoire of Lucky Thompson and Herbie Nichols and to his musical travelogues.

This mixtape features highlights from his remarkable discography.


  • Blake and Brass "Henry's Bogaloo" Live at Dupuy's Landing (Unreleased) 0:00
  • Michael Blake "Volunteered Slavery" Red Hook Soul (Ropeadope) 9:16
  • Michael Blake "The Champa Theme" Kingdom of Champa (Intuition) 29:15
  • Michael Blake "Surfing Sahara" Elevated (Knitting Factory) 24:31
  • Michael Blake "Lucky Charms" The World Awakes (Stunt) 29:15
  • Michael Blake "Departures" Fulfillment (Songlines) 37:50
  • Michael Blake "I Love You More Than Words Can Say" Red Hook Soul (Ropeadope) 43:31
  • Michael Blake, Frank Kimbrough, Ben Allison, Rudy Royston "Boogaloop" Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside) 48:24
  • Herbie Nichols Project "Delights" Strange City (Palmetto) 51:56
  • Michael Blake "Treat Her Right" In the Grand Scheme of Things (Songlines) 59:19
  • Michael Blake Sextet "The Wash Away" Amor de Cosmos (Songlines) 1:04:58
  • Blake Tartare "Lemmy Caution" Blake Tartare (Stunt) 1:12:13
  • Michael Blake "Teo Walks" Drift (Intuition) 1:18:31
  • Blake Tartare "Something in the Water" More Like Us (Stunt) 1:20:40
  • Michael Blake "Lady Red" Drift (Intuition) 1:28:39
  • Michael Blake, Samuel Blaser, Michael Sarin "You Don't Know" Transmissions -Made in China (ForTune) 1:34:22
  • Michael Blake, Ben Allison, Jeff Ballard "Mount Harissa" Right Before Your Ears (Clean Feed) 1:39:21
  • Hellbent "I Want You Back" Hellbent (Self-released) 1:43:10
  • Blake and Brass "Put Down the Phone" Live at Dupuy's Landing (Unreleased) 1:48:43
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