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"Piano Noir: Ran Blake"

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This week on Night Lights it’s “Piano Noir: Ran Blake”. Pianist and composer Ran Blake has earned an international reputation with his recordings and with his work as a Third Stream educator at the New England Conservatory of Music. His music has been strongly influenced by the genre of film noir; in this program we’ll hear selections from his 1980 album Film Noir, as well as sides from his 1962 debut The Newest Sound Around, his 2001 release Sonic Temples, and his Horace Silver tribute Horace Is Blue: a Silver Noir. “Piano Noir” airs Saturday, January 28 on WFIU at 11:05 p.m. (8:05 p.m. California time, 10:05 Chicago time); you can listen live, or you can wait until Monday afternoon, when the program will be posted to the Night Lights archives.

For those seeking an in-depth analysis of Blake's music, I highly recommend Joe Milazzo's online article Freedom to Contemplate.

Next week: "Say It Loud." Black-pride soul-jazz of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Looking forward to listen to this. Ran Blake is a constantly fascinating pianist.

Took me awhile to get into his demanding musicianship. He is now among my very favorite players.

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Yeah, a great pianist: thanks for doing this show. The new solo album on Clean Feed is typically excellent (& comes with some nifty liner notes from John Medeski).

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Looking forward to listen to this. Ran Blake is a constantly fascinating pianist.

Took me awhile to get into his demanding musicianship. He is now among my very favorite players.

Agreed on all counts. I'll have to find some time this week to listen to the archived program. Thanks!

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Great show!

I just listened to it as the clouds rose on a moody Seattle morning--a perfect soundtrack to the day.

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Minimal but very informative talk. Leaving plenty of time for the music.

And Ran Blake music talks!

Really an excellent program. Learned a lot and enjoyed it immensely!

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