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Jeanne Lee/Ran Blake: The Newest Sound You Never Heard (A-Side)

In 1961, pianist Ran Blake and vocalist Jeanne Lee, both graduates of Bard University, put out The Newest Sound Around, an unsettlingly intimate compendium of narcotized ballads that now stands as one of the more unusual recordings in jazz, a kind of outré masterpiece. Lee’s subdued, sonorous voice sounded like a ghostly combination of Sarah … Read More “Jeanne Lee/Ran Blake: The Newest Sound You Never Heard (A-Side)”

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Ran Blake/Christine Correa: Streaming (Red Piano)

Third-stream guru Ran Blake, who, as pianist and composer, built upon his devotion to Ellington and Monk to shape a uniquely dynamic aesthetic, has frequently recorded with vocalists. His 1961 union with Jeanne Lee remains the widest celebrated, but his most enduring kinship has been with Bombay-born Christine Correa. They met nearly four decades ago, … Read More “Ran Blake/Christine Correa: Streaming (Red Piano)”

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Live Review: “Vanguard: The Music of Ran Blake” in Boston

There came an aha moment at the NEC Jazz Orchestra’s Dec. 6 concert in Jordan Hall that doubled as a reminder of why it was worth the time during this busy season of the year to brave the cold and venture into this venerated space. The moment arrived during the third number, Ran Blake’s “The … Read More “Live Review: “Vanguard: The Music of Ran Blake” in Boston”

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Dominique Eade & Ran Blake: Town and Country (Sunnyside)

Close to four decades have passed since Dominique Eade transferred to the New England Conservatory expressly for the opportunity to study with Ran Blake. And it’s been six years since Eade and Blake issued Whirlpool, their first collaborative album and a masterpiece of voice-piano legerdemain on par with Blake’s classic 1962 union with Jeanne Lee. … Read More “Dominique Eade & Ran Blake: Town and Country (Sunnyside)”

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Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russel

Veteran pianist-composer Ran Blake includes original music, a few standards and interpretations of some of George Russell’s most important recorded pieces on this tender but ultimately bracing tribute to his longtime friend and colleague. A serene, almost autumnal feel permeates this set, but there’s no sentimentality; the music resonates with clear-eyed affirmation of life’s complexities … Read More “Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russel”

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