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Jeanne Lee, Ran Blake: The Newest Sound You Never Heard

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Jeanne Lee e Ran Blake si conoscono a cavallo fra anni Cinquanta e Sessanta ai corsi del Bard College di New York, affacciato sul fiume Hudson. Si producono per la prima volta in duo in occasione di un concorso all'Apollo Theater, che vincono, cosicché, sul finire del 1961, incidono un primo album, The Newest Sound Around, ...

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Ran Blake & Jeanne Lee: The Newest Sound You Never Heard

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Pianist Ran Blake has developed a reputation over the years for recording duets with vocalists, including in recent times, Sara Serpa, Dominique Eade and Christine Correa. That began back in 1961 when he released The Newest Sound Around (RCA), a remarkable set of duets with singer Jeanne Lee. The duo toured together occasionally in subsequent years ...

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Self Imposed Exile: Live from Steinway Hall

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Due suite di poco meno di un quarto d'ora ciascuna, per un totale di 26:42, compongono questo singolare album in cui fra i performer compare anche colui (Shaun Sutkus) che, oltre a curare la registrazione, interagisce in diretta (il disco deriva da un live newyorchese del dicembre 2014) con i due musicisti veri e propri.

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Eden McAdam-Somer: My First Love Story

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La texana (ma bostoniana di adozione) Eden McAdam-Somer è artista decisamente vulcanica: strumentista eccelsa, abile cantante, originale autrice, sempre un po' in bilico fra tradizione folk (decisamente più britannica, celtica, che americana, se non a macchia di leopardo) e classica. In questa sua recente fatica discografica, ogni tassello del mosaico si ricollega unicamente alla sua persona, ...

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Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell

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Sometimes an album can haunt you. It can be a companion that follows you through life. In the liner notes for the album: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell (A-Side Records, 2015), pianist and composer Ran Blake reveals his love for composer and bandleader George Russell's album Jazz Workshop (RCA-Victor, 1957): “I listened to it so ...

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Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell

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Pianist/composer Ran Blake presents a loving tribute to his late colleague George Russell in a diverse program anchored by his sensitive piano playing. Blake and Russell taught together at the New England Conservatory for many years. Russell was immensely influential as a modal jazz theorist, but Blake loves his compositions above all. He interprets several of ...

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Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell

Read "Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

At eighty years of age, pianist Ran Blake has shaped an impressive and multifaceted legacy: four decades of mentoring students at the New England Conservatory; helping shape a new genre of music, Third Stream, the marriage of the jazz and classical worlds; his teaming with the lady vocalists--Jeanne Lee, Christine Correa, Sara Serpa, Dominque Eade; numerous ...