Ran’s February 27 show with vocalist Dominique Eade at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston went well. An excerpt from Phoenix critic Jon Garelick’s review follows:
“At times, as in R.B. Lynch’s ‘Love Lament,’ Blake’s left hand explored the lower register with chords that were like direct expressions of the subconscious, blurred and shadowy but also comforting, as his right hand sang an untroubled melody line. This was Blake’s music at its most cinematic, some vision from his mind’s eye.
“For her part, Eade was just as evocative, whether paying tribute to Thelonious Monk, Skip James, and Jimmy Rogers with a rhythmic scat and an inventive Monk lyric or accompanying herself with the drone of an electric tuner, like a dulcimer, on her ‘Chasing the Setting Sun,’ where the melisma on the word ‘roam’ leapt up and down restlessly before settling on the deep, reassuring tonic of ‘home.’ Every word had color and meaning, and so did the notes in between. Eade and Blake together were creating cinema for the ear.”
Read the full review here.