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In a career that now spans five decades, pianist Ran Blake has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake’s singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes more than 30 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well nearly 30 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory. Blake first discovered the dark, image laden and complex character driven films that would so influence his music at age 12 when he first saw Robert Siodmak’s Spiral Staircase

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Whit Dickey: Tao Quartets: Peace Planet & Box of Light

Read "Tao Quartets: Peace Planet & Box of Light" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Possiamo dire che l'assioma secondo il quale tutti i jazzisti sono sottovalutati, non sia poi così paradossale. Parliamo naturalmente dei musicisti che mettono al primo posto del loro operato il fare artistico e non la realizzazione di un prodotto solo ben accetto sul mercato. Spesso ci troviamo di fronte a musicisti che subiscono tale disattenzione in ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining

There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

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Alice Ricciardi, Pietro Lussu: Catch a Falling Star

Read "Catch a Falling Star" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Le fonti d'ispirazione sono chiare (in primis il magistrale The Newest Sound Around di Jeanne Lee e Ran Blake) ma le scelte espressive e le doti personali di Alice Ricciardi e Pietro Lussu rendono il disco originale e avvincente. La cantante milanese è stata allieva di Blake al New England Conservatory ed ha ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Michael Jackson: Man in a Jazz Mirror - Part I

Read "Michael Jackson: Man in a Jazz Mirror - Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week let's pay homage to the musical legacy of Michael Jackson. It has been 10 years since Michael Jackson passed away and lots of things have emerged since then, but the popularity of his music remains strong, including among jazz musicians (the majority of the tracks featured this week was released after his ...

The Newest Sound You Never Heard

Label: A-side Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD 1: Misterioso; Honeysuckle Rose; On Green Dolphin Street; A Hard Day's Night; Can't Give You Anything But Love; Hallelujah, I Love Him So; Night and Day; Ja-Da (take 1); Something's Coming; Just Squeeze Me; God's Image; Retribution; Smoke After Smoke; Parker's Mood; Caravan; Beautiful City; Birmingham U.S.A.; Ja-Da (take 2); Take the A-Train. CD 2: Out of This World; Mister Tambourine Man; Round About; Moonlight in Vermont; The Frog, the Fountain, and Aunt Jane; Billie's Blues; Night in Tunisia; My Favorite Things; Blue Monk; Lonely Woman; Caravan; The Man I Love; Something to Live For; Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.

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Darrell Katz: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La bostoniana Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra è un ampio organico diretto da Darrell Katz e composto da musicisti legati a vario titolo con il New England Conservatory e il Berklee College of Music. Nei suoi trent'anni di attività ha pubblicato una decina di album caratterizzati dal coniugare entro forme compositive complesse e rigorose (con molti ...

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Andrew Rathbun: Atwood Suites

Read "Atwood Suites" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sassofonista e orchestratore canadese, Andrew Rathbun ha 47 anni e una ricca carriera alle spalle, svolta negli Stati Uniti con studi al New England Conservatory sotto la guida di Ran Blake e dal 1997 professionalmente a New York in vari contesti. A partire dal debutto del 1999 con Scatter Some Stones, ha inciso alcuni dischi da ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Claire Ritter, Ran Blake: Eclipse Orange

Read "Eclipse Orange" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Misura, buon gusto e un po' di accademia: questo, in estrema sintesi, ciò che troviamo in questo elegante album inciso dal vivo alla Queens University of Charlotte nel luglio 2017 da uno degli autentici decani del pianismo jazz, Ran Blake (classe 1935), accanto alla collega ed ex-allieva Claire Ritter (1952), di fatto principale artefice dell'operazione (sua ...

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New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

New England Conservatory Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Groundbreaking Jazz Department

In recognition and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Studies department and the Jazz Studies program, New England Conservatory is hosting Jazz50, a year- long series of concerts and events. On stage will be the distinguished jazz alumni, faculty, students and special guests offering an incredible array of musical and compositional talent. Performances are ...


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