Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ran Blake: Sonic Temples (2000/01)

I think Blake might be a "jazz" musician only in the sense that he mines the jazz tradition the way other conservatory composers draw on other folk traditions. His piano playing sounds to me rooted in turn-of-the-last-century New England romanticism. Standards you've heard a million times before sound orchestral in Blake's hands, simultaneously dense and austere. The production on this trio set only augments the feeling that you're listening to a 50-year-old recording, with George and Ed Schuller providing pitch perfect accompaniment.

Ran Blake: piano

Ed Schuller: bass

George Schuller: drums
Nicole Kämpgen: alto saxophone (Disc 1, #5 and 11, and Disc 2, #5)

Disc 1
1. Tangerine (Schertzinger, Mercer) 4:12
2. Nature Boy (Ahbez) 6:46
3. Black Coffee (Hoffman, Goodhart, Sigler) 2:53
4. The Short Life of Barbara Monk (Blake) 4:37
5. Dra-Kumba (Ed Schuller) 7:07
6. I Can’t Get Started (Duke) 3:50

7. Spiral Staircase (Blake) 4:51
8. Skylark (Carmichael) 5:10
9. The Only Painting (Blake, Ed Schuller, George Schuller) 3:47

10. Memphis (Blake) 7:07

11. MBS (George Schuller) 10:13

12. How High the Moon (Lewis, Hamilton) 4:38

Disc 2

1. Stormy Weather (Arlen, Koehler) 7:24

2. Nothing or All (Blake, Ed Schuller, George Schuller) 3:23

3. Horace Is Blue (Blake) 8:29

4. Laura (Raskin)* 2:07

5. You Don’t Know What Love Is (De Paul, Raye) 9:18

6. It Don’t Mean a Thing (Ellington, Mills) 3.57
7. My Man’s Gone Now (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Heyward) 5:52
8. New Moon (Blake, Ed Schuller, George Schuller) 6:06
9. Wende (Blake) 3:26

10. Night Music (Gunther Schuller) 3:47

11. Arline (Blake) 4:59

3-4 January 2000, 7 July 2000 and 25 March 2001 at The Sonic Temple in Roslindale, Massachusetts, except "Laura," recorded 18 May 1998 at the Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Produced by Gunther Schuller

320 kbps mp3,
278.7 MB, from GM Recording GM 3046.


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Rick said...

thanks for this. the links are still live.