Kingdom of Champa
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||The Champa Theme||Michael Blake||8:05||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Dislocated In Natrang||Michael Blake||7:04||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Folksong||Michael Blake||5:56||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Purple City||Michael Blake||10:03||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Mekong||Michael Blake||7:36||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Hué Is Hué?||Michael Blake||4:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Perfume River||Michael Blake||3:20||$1.29||View in iTunes|
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.
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.
Born: 1964 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years Active: '90s, '00s