Michael Blake

Born: May 19, 1964    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Michael Blake

For over two decades the Brooklyn based saxophonist/composer/arranger Michael Blake has presented an array of innovative bands and compositions that display a keen ability to simultaneously embrace jazz history while challenging it head on.

His relentless output of late has lead to a number of impressive releases. Last year he released his second self-produced recording with Blake Tartare titled More Like Us (Stunt Records). This incredible band is driven by three of Denmark’s most prominent young jazz musicians: Soren Kjaergaard, Jonas Westergaard and Kresten Osgood. On this outing the brilliant singer/songwriter Maria Laurette �”Friis joins the troupe. Last year his Blake Tartare CD (Stunt Records) earned the group a 4 star review in Downbeat Magazine. On Right Before Your Very Ears (Clean Feed) he plays mostly free form trio music with long time cohort’s Ben Allison and Jeff Ballard....
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Recordings as a leader and with Slow Poke:
2006 "More Like Us" (Stunt Records)
2005 "Right Before Your Very Ears" (Clean Feed CF044)
2005 Blake Tartare (Stunt Records)
2002 "Elevated" (Knitting Factory Recosds KFW-304)
2000/2001 "Drift" (Intuition INT 32132)
1999 Slow Poke "Redemption" (Intuition INT 32602)
1998 Slow Poke "Slow Poke at Home" (Independent)
1997 "Kingdom of Champa" (Intuition INT 31892)

Recordings with the Jazz Composers Collective:
2004-Ben Allison "Buzz" (Palmetto)
2002-Ben Allison "Peace Pipe" (Palmetto)
2001-The Herbie Nichols Project "Strange City" (Palmetto)
2001-Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel "Riding the Nuclear Tiger" (Palmetto)
2000-The Herbie Nichols Project "Dr. Cyclops Dream" (Soul Note)
1999-Ben Allison and Medicine Wheel "Third Eye" (Palmetto)
1998-Ben Allison & Medicine Wheel "Medicine Wheel" (Palmetto)

Recordings with John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards:
2000-"The Legendary Recordings of Marvin Pontiac" (Strange and Beautiful Music)
1999-"African Swim" (Strange and Beautiful Music)
1999-"Fishing with John" (Strange and Beautiful Music)
1998-The Lounge Lizards"Queen of all Ears" (Strange and Beautiful Music)
1998-Soundtrack "Excess Baggage"(Prophesy)
1996-Soundtrack "Get Shorty" (Verve/Antilles)
1993-"The Lounge Lizards Live in Berlin, Vol.II" (Intuition Music)
1991-"The Lounge Lizards Live in Berlin, Vol.I"(Intuition Music)

Recordings with other artists:
2001-Chris Brown and Kate Fenner "O Witness" (Independent)
2001-Richard Bliwas "Walk the Bike" (Rising Rose Records)
2001-Richard Bliwas "Compose Yourself - Ten Improvisations" (Rising Rose Records)
2000-Tony Scherr "Come Around" (Independent)
1999-Chris Brown and Kate Fenner "Geronimo" (Independent)
1999-Steven Bernstein's "Diaspora Soul" (Tzadik)
1998-Tricky "Angels with Dirty Faces" (Island)
1998-Walter Thompson Orchestra "The Colonol" (Nine Winds)
1998-Tim Otto's Pink Noise Saxophone Quartet "The Jig is Up" (Pink Tomato)
1997-S'killit "Blue Fever" (Moon Street)
1997-Joe Gallant's Illuminati "Blues for Allah" (Knitting Factory)
1997-George Kilby Jr. and the Coolerators "Spell it Out" (Independent)
1997-London McDaniel "Anatural Aphrodisiaca" (Nubile)
1996-Roscoe Gordon "Let's Get it On" (Studio One/Coxsone Music)
1995-"The Repercussions" (Warner Bros.)
1994-Rusty Cloud "Walkin' the Night" (Moon Street)
1992-Justin Warfield "My Field Trip To Planet 9" (Warner Bros.)
1990-"Rock, Love and Understanding" (Electra)

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