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Michael Blake Sextet: Amor de Cosmos

Read "Amor de Cosmos" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

With each release, saxophonist Michael Blake pushes himself in a different direction through composition, instrumentation and/or stylistic approach. On Amor de Cosmos, the native Canadian convened an all-Canuck sextet to perform compositions inspired by family memories and the local history of British Columbia, where he spent time as a child. In a departure for Blake, the ...

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Michael Blake Sextet: Amor De Cosmos

Read "Amor De Cosmos" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dopo tante collaborazioni e album americani, Michael Blake, canadese di nascita ma da sempre tra gli elementi più rappresentativi della scena Downtown newyorkese, decide di realizzare un disco con organico interamente canadese. Il titolo stesso rimanda alla storia del suo paese e ricorda quel William Alexander Smith, giornalista e politico canadese ottocentesco, che decise di farsi ...

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Michael Blake Sextet: Amor de Cosmos

Read "Amor de Cosmos" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Nothing could be better than a homecoming, and saxophonist Michael Blake proves it on the musical odyssey of Amor de Cosmos. In 2005, Blake returned to Vancouver, where he played two shows. Out of that came this sextet of prime Canadian musicians, who realize Blake's music and vision most profoundly. Blake's writing is imaginative. He is ...

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Michael Blake Sextet: Amor De Cosmos

Read "Amor De Cosmos" reviewed by Troy Collins

A former member of the Lounge Lizards and co-founder of Slow Poke, saxophonist Michael Blake's familiarity with the esoteric is well documented. A restless searcher, Blake's varied discography reaches beyond jazz to include explorations into the traditional folk music of Vietnam and North Africa. The New York-based saxophonist recently delved into his Canadian roots after studying ...


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