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Lest We Forget
     

Lest We Forget

by Ron Blake
 
The veteran saxman loosely fashions his label debut as a tribute to three diverse and influential jazz legends, Stanley Turrentine, Grover Washington, Jr., and soul-jazz organist Charles Earland. Blake's more than up to the task of capturing the many moods of the first two, bringing a swinging blues panache to the jubilant "Sara's Dance" and sly

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The veteran saxman loosely fashions his label debut as a tribute to three diverse and influential jazz legends, Stanley Turrentine, Grover Washington, Jr., and soul-jazz organist Charles Earland. Blake's more than up to the task of capturing the many moods of the first two, bringing a swinging blues panache to the jubilant "Sara's Dance" and sly seduction to "Minor Chant" (Turrentine), then a vibrant, soul-intensive pop-funk vibe to "Mister Magic." He grasps Washington's gentler Winelight side with his lighthearted, lyrical soprano on "Making Love to You." But how to capture the bluesy Hammond B-3 energy of Earland? Blake looked no further than Joey DeFrancesco, who brings his driving enthusiasm (and blazing sense of improv, where there are openings) to all but one of the tracks. The specifically Earland tunes are "More Today Than Yesterday" (which the late organist turned into a minor jazz standard) and "Mighty Burner." Blake approaches the first tune in a laid-back, understated way, playing it cool as DeFrancesco's harmonies brew underneath; they take things up a notch after a few minutes. "Mighty Burner" is a fiery barnburner from the get-go, speedy and soulful, with an opening melody played by trumpeter Rashawn Ross. The unique tribute also features the impeccable grooving drummer Greg Hutchinson and bassist Christian McBride, whose band has featured Blake since 2000.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Mack Avenue
UPC:
0673203101227
catalogNumber:
31012
Rank:
174861

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ron Blake   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joey DeFrancesco   Hammond Organ
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Christian McBride   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Bob Muller   Triangle
David Gilmore   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Charles Earland   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Stanley Turrentine   Composer
Tommy Turrentine   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Ron Blake   Arranger
Jacques Demy   Composer
J.J. Johnson   Composer
Christian McBride   Producer
Bob Muller   Engineer
William Salter   Composer
Pat Upton   Composer
Grover Washington   Composer
Leon Fisher   Composer
Eric Johnson   Cover Photo
Dena Katz   Cover Design

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