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Monday, March 15, 2021

Album review: Dan Blake - Da Fe

Dan Blake (tenor, soprano sax); Carmen Staaf (piano, Fender Rhodes); Leo Genovese (piano/synthesizers); Dmitry Ishenko  (acoustic and electric bass); Jeff Williams (drums).  

An intense evocation of the world’s suffering and crises... no easy listening dinner time jazz here! (Thanks Lance).  The NYC based Blake’s latest project proclaims its objectives in the blurb to be drawing attention to climate change, poverty and a whole panoply of the world’s ills.    

 

The all-round virtuoso playing retains some conventional jazz roots, and is mostly bounced along by the veteran NYC and London-based Jeff Williams’ varied swing.  Staaf sets out the spacious, solo Prologuin classical mode with gently cascading chords, and throughout the album delivers deeply pianistic” and sensitive playing.  She alternates with Genovese (last seen up north in Sage One with Jack de Johnette’s Spring Quartet) on synth who adds colour and other worldly feel.   

 

Blake uses soprano to lay out the nearest to a melody you’re going to get, doubled and traded with piano on Cry of the East.   He steps on the gas for Like Fish in Puddles recalling late Coltrane with runs and squalls.  Pain does what it says on the tin, with swirling layered synths, followed by some fine, muscular and angular tenor in tandem with Staaf on The Grifter Multi-tracked saxes take The Cliff into a more avant garde Monk-ish mood 

 

The title track puts the bass up front with noodling electronica making for a moody and unsettled interlude, before the ruminative, calmer Epilogue: It Heals Itself closes the album with some sounds of hope...

 

Altogether quite a ride, maybe not all in one go for the faint-hearted, but plenty here to enjoy and explore.  

Chris K 

 

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Released: 2021 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records. 

Livestream release March 26 – details here 

1 comment :

Russell said...

Quick! Log on to Ronnie Scott's website. This evening's live stream starting at 8:00pm presents Xhosa Cole playing Larry Young's Unity album. Drummer Jeff Williams is on the gig.

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