Kingdom of Champa

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Saxophonist Michael Blake spent a month living in Vietnam with his wife and her family. Kingdom of Champa, which has six of his originals plus the traditional "Folksong," is his tribute to the country and the time that he spent in the exotic and troubled land. The music is often quite Asian-sounding, utilizing a wide variety of instruments including bass clarinet, slide trumpet, bass flute, tuba, and cello in unusual combinations with the emphasis often on ensembles rather than solos. The music is atmospheric, adventurous, and unpredictable modern jazz beyond category. It makes for an intriguing listen, a strong and heartfelt set by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Saxophonist Michael Blake spent a month living in Vietnam with his wife and her family. Kingdom of Champa, which has six of his originals plus the traditional "Folksong," is his tribute to the country and the time that he spent in the exotic and troubled land. The music is often quite Asian-sounding, utilizing a wide variety of instruments including bass clarinet, slide trumpet, bass flute, tuba, and cello in unusual combinations with the emphasis often on ensembles rather than solos. The music is atmospheric, adventurous, and unpredictable modern jazz beyond category. It makes for an intriguing listen, a strong and heartfelt set by Michael Blake and his talented sidemen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2001
  • Label: Intuition
  • UPC: 750447318922
  • Catalog Number: 3189
  • Sales rank: 120,254

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Champa Theme (8:05)
  2. 2 Dislocated in Natrang (7:04)
  3. 3 Folksong (5:56)
  4. 4 Purple City (10:03)
  5. 5 Mekong (7:37)
  6. 6 Hué Is Hué? (4:06)
  7. 7 Perfume River (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Blake Primary Artist, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Thomas Chapin Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone
Bryan Carrott Vibes
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Tony Scherr Electric Bass, Lute, Acoustic Bass
David Tronzo Slide Guitar
Billy Martin Percussion
Rufus Cappadocia Cello
Steven Bernstein Trumpet, Cornet, Slide Trumpet
Scott Neumann Drums
Technical Credits
Scott Harding Engineer
Teo Macero Producer
Michael Blake Arranger
Fernando M. Natalici Cover Photo
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
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