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Blake, Michael Sextet / Amor De Cosmos
Album:Amor De Cosmos Collection:Jazz
Artist:Blake, Michael Sextet Added:02/2008
Label:Songlines Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-03-02 Pull Date:2008-05-04 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:4 May20 Apr16 Mar9 Mar

 Recent Airplay
1.May 02, 2008:Memory Select
Paddy Pie Face
3.Mar 14, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
Temporary Constellation
2.Apr 18, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
So Long Seymour
4.Mar 07, 2008:Memory Select
Temporary Constellation

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-03-01 
Songlines, 2007

POSTMODERN JAZZ – Inspired both by an eccentric figure from Canadian history and by saxophonist Blake’s own life, this intriguing set combines quirky, almost humorous pointillism with strange, murky scenes. The band is tight, deftly balancing the strange and the familiar.

All tracks good. Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 4, 8

1. 4:43 – sparse, atmospheric improv: becomes a ballad, then inquisitive
2. 7:16 – perky, oddball tune: rolls along with strong solos & plinky breaks
3. 9:53 – slowly rising theme, alternately quiet & brash; good electric piano
4. 10:56 – pensive, warm theme, then tick-tock tune speeds up; nifty solos, great prepared piano/marimba dialogue, ends in silence
5. 7:22 – gentle, friendly-sounding tune with an African underpinning
6. 5:01 – unsettled, angular ballad; like refracted light, gradually builds
7. 5:44 – improv: slow, dark, atmospheric, spooky sounds, builds up
8. 6:22 – strange, serpentine ditty fractures, wanders free, hits a groove

[ Fo ] 1-Mar-08

Track Listing
1.Ghostlines 5.The Wash Away
2.Temporary Constellation 6.Infirmary
3.Amor De Cosmos 7.The Hunt
4.So Long Seymour 8.Paddy Pie Face