Ran Blake / Kresten Osgood: The Dorothy Wallace Suite
Release date: 20-10-2017
This is the much awaited duo album of Danish drum innovator Kresten Osgood and American piano genius Ran Blake. More than 40 years of age divide them, but they meet in a contemporary expression. The Dorothy Wallace Suite is a suite composed especially for this project by Ran Blake and is a heartfelt tribute to the great Dorothy Wallace who was a patron of the arts in Boston and played a vital part in Ran Blake´s art. This is only the second time in the entire Ran Blake discography where he plays duo with drums. The suite is recorded in Brookline on a piano of Ran Blake´s choice.
"Det er et stemningsmættet klaverspil, hvor klassisk musik, Monk og jazzens historie kigger frem. Der er både noget sårbart og noget skrøbeligt blandet op med en beslutsomhed og insisterende fortælling. The Dorothy Wallace Suite er et stærkt og holdbart udspil fra Blake og Osgood." (Jazznyt)
"The immediate, democratic interplay of Blake and Osgood never falls into conventional, rhythmic formats and always suggests fresh, colorful, playful and humorous ideas, full of wisdom but also emotional, as if the two have known and have played with each other for many years. Blake and Osgood solos – «Ran’s Account» and «Eileen’s Account», are masterful. Their interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s «Pannonica» and Duke Ellington’s «Mood Indigo» reinvent these classic standards into majestic mini-suites, and the touching, last song, «Never Can Say Goodbye (Dorothy)», concludes beautifully this fantastic duo." (Salt-Peanuts)
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