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Johnathan Blake Quartet - Gone, But Not Forgotten (2014)

9-09-2014, 10:58
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Johnathan Blake Quartet - Gone, But Not Forgotten (2014)

Artist: Johnathan Blake Quartet
Title Of Album: Gone, But Not Forgotten
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Criss Cross Jazz
Genre: Jazz
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 68:09 min
Total Size: 156 / 459 MB


1. Cryin' Blues (5:43)
2. Firm Roots (8:06)
3. Maracas Beach (4:35)
4. All Across the City (7:55)
5. Broski (8:00)
6. Born Yesterday (6:57)
7. Circle Dance (6:05)
8. New Wheels (5:16)
9. Anysha (5:15)
10. The Shadower (3:40)
11. Two for the Blues (6:37)

Johnathan Blake (drums),
Chris Potter (tenor saxophone, alto flute),
Mark Turner (tenor and soprano saxophone),
Ben Street (bass).

Johnathan Blake, one of the most in-demand drummers of his generation, has done stellar work as a member of the Tom Harrell Quintet, the Mingus Big Band, the Kenny Barron Trio, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet and many others. Having brought his fire and agility to two Criss Cross sessions by trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, Blake now offers his first Criss Cross album as a leader, 'Gone, But Not Forgotten'.
The lineup is sparse but tremendously explosive - how could it not be, with evolving tenor saxophone masters Chris Potter and Mark Turner paired alongside Ben Street on bass?

As the title suggests, 'Gone, But Not Forgotten' takes inspiration from greats in the jazz world who are no longer with us. That can be a sombre subject, but Blake and his quartet convey a sense of the unbridled joy and invention that marks jazz improvisation at his highest levels. Such is the lesson taught by the departed players Blake has chosen to honour: Charles Fambrough, Trudy Pitts, Sid Simmons, Cedar Walton, Jim Hall, Mulgrew Miller, Paul Motian, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Eddie Harris.

In addition to their deep and engaging music, Blake offers two originals: one for Ana Grace, the daughter of saxophone great Jimmy Greene; and another for bassist Dwayne Burno, who died in 2013 aged 43.

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