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Album Review

Saxophonist Michael Blake spent a month living in Vietnam with his wife and her family. Kingdom of Champa, which has six of his originals plus the traditional "Folksong," is his tribute to the country and the time that he spent in the exotic and troubled land. The music is often quite Asian-sounding, utilizing a wide variety of instruments (including bass clarinet, slide trumpet, bass flute, tuba, and cello) in unusual combinations with the emphasis often on ensembles rather than solos. The music is atmospheric, adventurous, and unpredictable modern jazz beyond category. It makes for an intriguing listen, a strong and heartfelt set by Michael Blake and his talented sidemen.

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love this album-

one of my favorite jazz recordings. amazing ensemble including billy martin, david tronzo, marcus rojas, thomas chapin, and a bunch more amazing players. really great songs, highly recommend.

Biography

Born: 1964 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Jazz saxophonist Michael Blake was a member of the the Lounge Lizards from 1990 on, and kept active in a variety of other N.Y.C.-based creative jazz projects. After he was born in Montreal in 1964, his family moved to California for a short time, then settled back in Canada, in Vancouver, BC. While young, Blake attempted learning the violin and piano, but ended up taking to the clarinet. By high school, he was playing tenor saxophone and participating in a variety of performances, festivals, and...
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Kingdom of Champa, Michael Blake
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 24, 1997

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