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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