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Ron Blake

Multi-talented saxophonist Ron Blake inhabits many worlds, and nowhere is this more apparent than on his third release for Mack Avenue, Shayari (shy-ree). Produced by pianist Michael Cain (who also appears on the CD), Shayari (the meaning, in Urdu, a type of ancient poetry consisting of couplets and a highly stylized form of verse considered extremely beautiful) combines fertile ground from each of Blake’s worlds to create an extraordinary landscape of its own. Showcased here in an intimate, unplugged, trio setting, the CD also features performances by special guests drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Christian McBride, violinist Regina Carter and percussionist Gilmar Gomes.

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”...With all the influence in his vocabulary, Ron Blake's very much his own man and one of the greatest tenor players of our time....” ” Joey DeFrancesco

“Ron Blake is beginning to emerge as a potent artist and bandleader in his own right...he delivers in the great ‘singing’ tradition of his heroes Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.” -- Bill Milkowski, Absolute Sound

“(Shayari) has that great combination of yielding a very contemporary sound while maintaining the depth and feeling of a classic and timeless jazz recording….his playing has evolved to a deep level of harmonic depth and balance and he appears to be at that enviable place where he is able to state both lyrically and tonally what his psyche is conjuring up.” - Jazz Improv

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