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Ran Blake: All That Is Tied

You either get Ran Blake or not. While I respect Blake’s courageous, uncompromised half-century of dedication to his enigmatic muse, I am a “not.”

Blake’s unique creative process for solo piano-clashing, colliding chords, empty spaces, stunning intervallic leaps, dynamic swings from thunder to bare audibility-can create epiphanies that his supporters find revelatory. I find it hard to sustain attention for an entire album or even an entire piece. For me, Blake’s momentary isolated impulses impose themselves upon the piano. They are a series of marginally related events that contain no sense of journey and draw remarkably little beauty from one of mankind’s most beautiful musical instruments.

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