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Tenor saxophonist Ron Blake and guitarist Bobby Broom have played together many times over the years, going back to Broom’s 1997 album, Waitin’ and Waitin,’ and beyond. It was Broom who hired Blake for his band shortly after his college years. The strong chemistry between these musicians is one of numerous elements that make Mistaken Identity—Blake’s first album under his own name in 15 years—special. (They’re joined by Nat Reeves or Reuben Rogers on bass and Kobie Watkins on drums.) Another key factor is the heartfelt inclusion of songs by jazz legends who have played important roles in Blake’s personal life as well as his career. 


For James

Label: Palindrome 76 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: For James (featuring Ron Blake). Single.


Drum of Stories

Label: In A Circle Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Old World New Tower of Liars Spells Map of the Future Drum of Stories Paul Motian's Diary Stolen from the 10th Arrondissement


Mistaken Identity

Label: 7tēn33 Productions
Released: 2023
Track listing: Is That So?, Allison, When We Were One, No Hype Blues, Beyond Yesterday's Tomorrows, Grace Ann, Stablemates, To Be, Mistaken Identity


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Zsòfia Boros, Filippo Sala, Azat Bayazitov, Ron Blake & More

Read "Zsòfia Boros, Filippo Sala, Azat Bayazitov, Ron Blake & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Emerging saxophonists, emerging guitarists, established masters, and the good feeling that we're in the middle of a great time for jazz where tradition and innovation bring about tons of good music.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Freddy DeBoe “Lora Blu" Lora Blu--Single (Daptone) 0:16 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ron Blake: No Mistaking His Identity

Read "Ron Blake: No Mistaking His Identity" reviewed by David Bixler

Holding down the bari chair at Saturday Night Live, performing with musicians like Christian McBride, and teaching at Julliard have saxophonist Ron Blake at full capacity. These time constraints left little time for him to focus on his own music, but fortunately he enlisted the help of his long time-friend guitarist Bobby Broom and has recently ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Round About Midnight

Read "Round About Midnight" reviewed by Michael Ambrosino


Article: Album Review

Ron Blake: Mistaken Identity

Read "Mistaken Identity" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Once hailed as a promising young lion, Puerto Rico-born saxophonist Ron Blake is more a crafty old fox these days, bringing his wealth of experience and undeniable talent to bear on Mistaken Identity, his first album as leader in fifteen years. To assure a broad comfort zone, Blake invited guitarist Bobby Broom, a ...

News: Recording

Ron Blake: Mistaken Identity

Ron Blake: Mistaken Identity

I'm picky about saxophonists. There are plenty of contemporary good ones but great ones tell a story on their horn with seductive determination, confidence and conviction. And when it comes to recording albums, taste is everything, especially regarding song choices. Ron Blake is a saxophonist who checks off all these boxes. His new album, Mistaken Identity ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ivan Lins, Donald Harrison & Brad Turner

Read "Ivan Lins, Donald Harrison & Brad Turner" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 821st Episode of Neon Jazz with multi-instrumentalist Brad Turner and music from his 2023 release The Magnificent. That tune kicks off a full hour of music dedicated to the new jazz. From there, we hear from Kurt Elling, Donald Harrison, Ron Blake and Ivan Lins. We complete the circle with Jon-Erik Kellso live ...


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