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Ran Blake & Dominique Eade at Scullers
Most virtuosos leave you scratching your head asking, "How did he play that?"
| March 01, 2013
Too hot to handle: This winter's jazz concerts
It's tough enough that there are several rescheduled events that were pushed into the new year by Hurricane Sandy and other factors, but how to squeeze everything else into a list of 10? Mark your calendars.
| December 21, 2012
Cuban and Brazilian imports, plus homeboy Ran Blake
Groove isn't everything, but it'll do.
| October 29, 2010
Fall Jazz Preview: Blindfold test
A search for this fall’s must-see jazz revealed a lot of overlapping personnel — Jim Hobbs, Allan Chase, Joe Morris, Taylor Ho Bynum. Hey, you wanted to know what’s good , right?
Trying new flavors in the new season
| September 17, 2010
2009: The year in jazz
Here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and concerts I wrote about in 2009.
In and out
| December 25, 2009
Film noir has been a running theme in composer/pianist Ran Blake's work since the beginning of his career — his very first album, The Newest Sound Around (RCA, 1962), with singer Jeanne Lee, began with David Raskin's theme to Otto Preminger's Laura .
Ran Blake's Pawnbroker, Sofia Koutsovitis's pan-American roots
| November 20, 2009
Ran Blake | Driftwoods
You probably don't think about an acoustic jazz pianist's use of the sustain pedal except when you're listening to Ran Blake.
Tompkins Square (2009)
| March 10, 2009
Get ’em while they’re hot!
I’ll admit, my country-music credentials are piss-poor, but the first time I heard the Patrons album All That Is Tied , I liked it because I thought it was good country music. The Patrons, "Didn't Love You Anyway (mp3)
The Patrons carry on Boston’s country-rock tradition
| August 01, 2006
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