Drift

Drift

by Michael Blake
     
 

Saxophonist Michael Blake makes raw and playful yet elegant music. He has no allegiance to "jazz" per se, although there are pronounced elements of Ellington and Mingus on some of these tracks. Blake's home is clearly the avant-garde, but he freely borrows from rock, Afro-beat, and sounds from the American heartland (the rural scenery on the cover is fitting). See more details below

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Saxophonist Michael Blake makes raw and playful yet elegant music. He has no allegiance to "jazz" per se, although there are pronounced elements of Ellington and Mingus on some of these tracks. Blake's home is clearly the avant-garde, but he freely borrows from rock, Afro-beat, and sounds from the American heartland (the rural scenery on the cover is fitting). Tony Scherr's dry electric guitar is one of the central sonic elements, as is the interplay between Blake and his fellow saxophonists Briggan Krauss and Peck Allmond. Frank Kimbrough plays Rhodes -- a rarity -- on the opening title track, and Marcus Rojas' tuba seems to emulate a turntable on the rambunctious "Teo Walks," a track on which slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein also appears. The core band is graced by several of Blake's fellow composers in residence from the Jazz Composers Collective: Kimbrough, trumpeter Ron Horton, bassist Ben Allison. Matt Wilson is in the drum chair, with Mauro Refosco on percussion. Blake turns in some sumptuously old-school tenor playing on "Lady Red," and Horton solos beautifully on Coleman Hawkins' "Maria," the sole non-original. While Blake's restless genre-hopping gives the record an almost circus-like feel, superb musicianship keeps the effort grounded.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
Label:
Intuition
UPC:
0750447321328
catalogNumber:
3213
Rank:
217705

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Blake   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Kimbrough   Piano
Ben Allison   Acoustic Bass
Peck Allmond   Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone,Peck Horn
Marcus Rojas   Tuba
Tony Scherr   Electric Guitar
Briggan Krauss   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Matt Wilson   Drums
Ron Horton   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mauro Refosco   Percussion
Steven Bernstein   Slide Trumpet

Technical Credits

Scott Harding   Engineer
Michael Blake   Arranger,Producer
Michael Fossenkemper   Mastering
Elizabeth Riley   Cover Photo

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