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Ran Blake and David Fabris: Indian Winter

Close-miking a tired piano that is being played aggressively leads to sonic ugliness, as can unfortunately be heard on Ran Blake’s Indian Winter. The album was recorded in 1999, and the poor sound probably deterred its release. Another deterrent may have been the unusual structure of the album, although that structure is really an asset: 23 tracks (most under three minutes, 10 involving guitarist David Fabris), freely mixing originals, cinematic music (like soundtrack snippets and Blake’s menacing “Homage to Alfred Hitchcock”), standards like “Mood Indigo” and not-so-standards like Frank Zappa’s “Marqueson’s Chicken.”

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