Pianist and composer Matthew Shipp included Ran’s version of “Tea for Two” from his Breakthru album in a destination.out blog entry on five tracks by significant jazz teachers. An excerpt follows:
“The Third Stream department that [Ran] and Gunther Schuller started at New England Conservatory is/was the most innovative thing in jazz pedagogy on a college level. A lot of diverse people have gone through that department and been inspired by cuts like this that show Ran’s modernist approach to the jazz tradition. Ran has a whole body of work behind him as well as being a teacher and his persona as a teacher does interact with his persona as a performer/recording artist in a way that is hard to untangle.”
The other four songs Shipp chose are “Descent into the Maelstrom” and “Dream: Paris 1965” by Lennie Tristano and “Threnody” and “Parody” by Dennis Sandole.
Read the full blog entry here.
In other Ran-related internet news, Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson had this to say on Twitter on August 24: “I read Ran Blake’s THE PRIMACY OF THE EAR this past week. Lotta inspiring stuff in there: recommended.”