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Ran Blake: Film Noir

Track List

>Spiral Staircase
>Eve (From "All About Eve")
>Garden of Delight
>Key Largo
>Streetcar Named Desire
>Touch of Evil
>Boucher, Le
>Pawnbroker, The
>Doktor Mabuse
>Blue Gardenia

Album Notes

Personnel: Ran Blake (piano).

Audio Mixer: John Nagy.

Liner Note Authors: Jonathan Horwich; Andrew Sarris; Ran Blake.

Recording information: Dimension Sound, Jamaica Plain, Mass (01/23/1980-01/27/1980); Dimension Sound, Jamaica Plain, Mass (01/23/1980/01/27/1980).

Ran Blake's dark piano style and dramatic improvisations make for a perfect match with the mood of film noir. This memorable set not only has Blake performing vivid explorations of six songs from films (including melodies from All About Eve, Pinky, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Pawnbroker), but five originals that somehow musically sum up the plots of other films (including Spiral Staircase and Touch of Evil). Blake is heard in a variety of settings ranging from solo and a duet with trumpeter Ted Curson up to an 11-piece band. Utterly fascinating interpretations that add up to a memorable gem. ~ Scott Yanow


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