February, 2012

Ran Blake Newsletter
News From Ran Blake HQ

February 2012

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Welcome to the February issue of Ran’s monthly newsletter. Click on the photo above to watch a video of Ran performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the Trem Azul Store in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 19, 2010. From this same performance, you can also see Ran and Sara Serpa perform “Vanguard” and “Driftwood.”

Rerelease Details
newest newest sound around

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Last month’s newsletter brought news that The Newest Sound Around, Ran’s classic 1962 duet album with vocalist Jeanne Lee, was being rereleased for the first time in many years.

We picked up a copy, and it turns out it’s an unauthorized release by a Barcelona-based outfit calling itself Solar Records. As we understand it, this type of release is made possible by the lax copyright laws in many European countries, which allow anyone to rerelease an album once 50 years have elapsed.

The rerelease includes six bonus live songs recorded in Fulda, Germany on April 20, 1963. For what it’s worth, the sound quality of the original album is fine, and the sound quality of the live cuts, which were broadcast on a radio show, is a little muddy but listenable.

Website Redesign
new look at ranblake.com

website

Ranblake.com got a facelift in February, courtesy of Ran’s assistants, Aaron Hartley and John Campopiano.

The new site is hosted on WordPress, which makes it easier to edit and gives it a more modern look. It’s still a work in progress, but once the overhaul is complete it should be easier for visitors to navigate and offer much more Ran-related media (i.e., articles, reviews, pictures, videos, etc.).

There’s now a Store page, and the page to buy CDs has moved to: http://ranblake.com/store/cdsrecords/.

Check it out when you have a chance, and if you have comments or suggestions, please send them to Aaron at: tromboneman03@yahoo.com.

Hee-Jin Kim, a vocalist who is one of Ran’s most advanced students at the New England Conservatory, is giving a free recital on April 6 at 8 p.m. at Pierce Hall.

Ran will perform a tribute to Abbey Lincoln on April 30 in Kalamazoo, Michigan — her hometown — as part of the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Read more about the festival here.

Ran’s book, The Primacy of the Ear, is available on lulu.com. The book outlines Ran’s philosophy on development of the ear and explains how musical memory is the key to becoming a more potent musician and shaping a personal musical style.

To learn more about studying at NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department, please visit the department’s website or contact Department Chairperson Hankus Netsky.

Thanks for reading. We’ll see you at the end of March.

–Steve

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