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2019-09-18

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"[Blake and Eade] can instantly access deep emotional and musical essences. Eade sings with an admirably anadorned purity...chilling the bones and soothing the soul."
- Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat

Dominique Eade & Ran Blake: Town and Country

RAN BLAKE BIO:

In a career that spans five decades, pianist/composer/educator RAN BLAKE has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake's singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes nearly 50 albums on some of the world's finest jazz labels, as well almost 50 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston's New England Conservatory.

A recent Italian reviewer, Vincenzo Roggero, sums up Ran's merging of traditions and unique noir piano style: "Blake combines Max Roach with Edith Piaf, Duke Ellington with Stevie Wonder, Nino Rota with Yiddish music. All lit by his unique style influenced by the blues as the gospel, classical as jazz, but inimitable in combining these elements through touches almost imperceptible, silences full density, sparse but decisive cluster, lines dangerously poised between tonality and dissonance. It is music played on whispers, rather than shouts, but no less intense or penetrating."

Fellow MacArthur Grant recipient and Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, Jason Moran, recently said, "It's this thunder-crack of sound that explodes from the instrument once he puts his hands on it. Ran's unlike anything else that exists. I hope musicians hear him and ask themselves, `Shouldn't we be taking more chances?'"

No doubt, Ran's music still sounds fresh and unmistakably unique. Nearly fifty years after his innovative release, The Newest Sound Around with vocalist Jeanne Lee (RCA-Victor), Ran continues to evolve his noir language on the piano, making him one of most resilient artists in jazz history.

DOMINIIQUE EADE BIO:

Dominique Eade is a vocalist, improviser and compser whose wide-ranging work with artists from Anthony Braxton and Ran Blake to Stanley Cowell and Dave Holland over the past four decades has earned critical recognition from The New York Times, Downbeat, Jazz Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic Monthly and many other publications here and abroad. She has recorded seven CDs under her own name, including two for RCA Victor featuring artists such as Fred Hersch, Victor Lewis and Benny Golson. Recognized in numerous polls and awards including DownBeat's Top Ten Female Jazz Vocalists, New York's Annual Jazz Awards, and the Boston Music Awards, Eade has performed throughout the United States and Europe and was featured in festivals such as The Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, The Porto Jazz Festival, The Knitting Factory's "What is Jazz?" Festival, The Molde International Jazz Festival, and many others.

Though she lived in New York City in the early ninties, Eade has been on the faculty of New England Conservatory in Boston since 1984, during which time she has been closely associated with mentor and collaborator Ran Blake. Eade was a member of the Ran Blake Quintet featuring Ricky Ford and Blake and Eade have released two CDs as a duo. The most recent, Town and County (Sunnyside Records) came out in June of 2017 and was considered one of the year's best by many journalists.

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