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He’s a former child prodigy and current modern master—as his 21st album, Circuits, demonstrates—but he doesn’t make much of a fuss about any of that. Natalie Weiner catches up with a musician whose sense of understatement is nearly as vast as the list of besotted fans who’ve transcribed his solos.
The cosmopolitan saxophonist has found a new home in Paris, with a group of European musicians he’s dubbed the French Connection. Blake tells J.D. Considine about the reasoning behind his move, his stance on electric instruments, and a Siberian bus ride with Benny Golson.
BONUS! OUR INAUGURAL JAZZ CLUB GUIDE
A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert talks philanthropy
Alexa Tarantino calls for a more inclusive jazz scene
Catching up with Big Five Chord and Jon Lundbom
Just Jazz at Mr Musichead Gallery in L.A.
Introducing: Chronology, a new column by Ethan Iverson
JT Notes: JazzTimes gets a new look
A Before & After listening session with Dayna Stephens
An Overdue Ovation for Marty Ehrlich
AudioFiles: Brent Butterworth on luxury headphones
Chops: Scott Robinson’s special relationship with a ’24 Conn tenor sax
GearHead: Mindi Abair goes wireless, plus new products from RS Berkeley, Vic Firth, Steinberg, and more
Artist’s Choice: Lauren Sevian picks her favorite baritone saxophone solos on record
Album reviews: Kendrick Scott Oracle, Anthony Braxton, Alex Sipiagin, and many more