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Wednesday, October 4th

like nobody else

Ran Blake (1935-), Above the Sadness, trailer

 

Saturday, September 30th

astringent, adj. sharp and penetrating. E.g., the playing of Ran Blake and Steve Lacy.

Ran Blake (piano) & Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone), “The Man I Love” (G. Gershwin), 1991 (That Certain Feeling)

 

Saturday, May 27th

I could listen to these two—he’s long been one of my favorite pianists—all day.

Sara Serpa (1979-, vocal), Ran Blake (1935-, piano), “Night and Day” (C. Porter),
live, New York (Kitano), 2016


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He thought his head would explode, if the forenoon kept burning into the jungle all around him and the gulls kept screaming and the monkey kept regarding its surroundings carefully, moving its head and black eyes from side to side like someone following the progress of some kind of conversation, some kind of debate, some kind of struggle that the jungle—the morning—the moment—was having with itself.

—Denis Johnson (July 1, 1979-May 24, 2017), Tree of Smoke (National Book Award for Fiction, 2007)

Tuesday, October 25th

like nobody else

Ran Blake (1935-), “‘Round Midnight” (T. Monk), live, Italy (Milan), 2015

 

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Not quite dark yet
and the stars shining
above the withered fields.

—Yosa Buson (1716-1783), translated from Japanese by Robert Hass

Tuesday, February 11th

alone

Ran Blake (1935-), pianist, composer, teacher, MacArthur “genius” grant winner

Above the Sadness (trailer), 2011


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Live, “Over the Rainbow,” Portugal (Lisbon), 2010


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Live (at home), 2001


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‘[L]ife holds thee; not thou it.’

—Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby Dick

Tuesday, July 30th

alone

Ran Blake (1935-), “Over the Rainbow” (H. Arlen & E. Harburg), live, Portugal (Lisbon), 2010


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Even in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo’s cry—
I long for Kyoto.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694; translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

Thursday, 11/26/09

Wobbly and splayed, this performance of the Jobim classic sounds more like a soundtrack for my life than the silky Getz/Gilberto original ever could.

Ran Blake, “The Girl From Ipanema”

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Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto (with a very young Gary Burton on vibes), “The Girl From Ipanema” (1964 [charted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100]; this is from the 1964 movie “Get Yourself A College Girl”)

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mail

The immediacy of the e-world never ceases to amaze. After posting yesterday’s clip, I sent Sam Newsome an email—I’d happened upon his e-address at his website—to let him know that his music was being featured here. A few hours later, this was in my e-mailbox: “Thanks, Richard. It looks like I’m in good company. Peace, S”

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On this Thanksgiving Day, here’s a favorite quote.

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.—Henry James

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