Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Road Keeps Winding

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Road Keeps Winding

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Ran Blake/Christine Correa

The Road Keeps Winding

Red Piano Records RPR 14599-4415-2

Ran Blake (p) Christine Correa (vcl). Boston, MA, June 15 & 27, 2011

Straight Ahead/The Heel/The River/Throw It Away/When Autumn Sings/In The Red/Love Lament/Midnight Sun/Driva Man/Throw It Away II/Living Room/Evalina Coffey (the Legend of). TT 51:00

Ran Blake is and has been a unique jazz pianist. Born in Massachusetts and grew up in Connecticut. This 80 years old musical veteran made his first recording under his own direction back in 1962. His life changed upon a chance meeting with Gunther Schuller at the New York Studio of Atlantic Records in 1959. The two have been close friends and fellow travelers ever since. Blake was invited to join the Third Stream Movement at the New England Conservatory in Boston. There he studied under many teachers including John Lewis and Oscar Peterson. He also met Mary Lou Williams working at a club in New York City and came under her influence. Eventually this musical genius held the chair position for the Third Stream Department at NEC. Over the years he has made over 40 recordings under his own name plus many others as a sideman.

Christine Correa is a native of Bombay, India. …

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