Welcome to the November issue of Ran’s newsletter.

Vocalist Christine Correa has released The Road Keeps Winding, the second volume of duets with Ran that pay tribute to singer, composer and lyricist Abbey Lincoln.
The album includes 11 songs by or associated with Lincoln: “Straight Ahead,” “The Heel,” “The River,” “Throw It Away” (two versions), “When Autumn Sings,” “In the Red,” “Love Lament,” “Midnight Sun,” “Driva Man,” “Living Room,” and “Evalina Coffey (The Legend Of).”
A limited number of CDs are available through ranblake.com, and you can order CDs and sample and download the songs via CDbaby.
The first volume, Down Here Below, came out in 2012.

Upcoming Appearances: Baltimore & DC
Thursday, December 4 — Ran performs solo at An Die Musik in Baltimore at 8 p.m. The club is at 49 N. Charles St. Tickets are $20; $15 for students. Call (410) 385-2638 for more information.
Saturday, December 6 — Ran teaches a master class at 2 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St.) in Washington, D.C. Ran will highlight ideas from his book, Primacy of the Ear, and perform solo and with students. Call (202) 399-7993 for more information.

Cocktails Update
Cocktails at Dusk: A Noir Tribute to Chris Connor, Ran’s new release on the Impulse label, is now available. We have a limited number of CDs at ranblake.com, and you can also order it from Amazon. The album is also available for download from iTunes.The album, produced by Jean-Philippe Allard, includes appearances by Laïka Fatien (vocals) and Ricky Ford (tenor saxophone), as well as several samples of Chris Connor. It was recorded in July 2012 at ICP Recording Studios in Brussels, Belgium.

Ran Recommends…Ran encourages music fans in New England to attend these upcoming events. (Ran will not be performing.) For additional recommendations, please visit Ran’s calendar.
December 4 — The New England Conservatory Jazz Orchestra performs the music of Bob Nieske and Jimmy Guiffre at Jordan Hall at 8 p.m. Details here.
December 18 — Sneak preview screening of the film the loudest sound from writer/director Jason Miller at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge at 7 p.m. The movie, which features Ran’s music, follows three years in the life of a young couple in Boston. Everything seems to be perfect until addiction and betrayal tear them apart. Details here.
December 19 — Marnen Laibow-Koser’s graduation recital at 8 p.m. at NEC’s Williams Hall. Marnen, a violinist, is a former private student of Ran’s and a current teaching assistant.

December
— “In the Mix” series at NEC. Free club-style sets from student groups, usually three different acts each night. For details, go here and click on a date.

To learn more about studying at NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department, please visit its website or contact Department Chairperson Hankus Netsky. Ran’s book, The Primacy of the Ear, is available from lulu.com.Thanks for reading. We’ll see you in December.
Steve
Vol. 10, No. 11
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