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The Meadows 06:56
Music and Lyrics by Maria Laurette Friis


This is the second album by Michael Blake's electro-acoustic band Blake Tartare (2002 - 2010). A wealth of Danish talent is featured through out this album including multi faceted singer/songwriter Maria Laurette Friis who also wrote one of the tunes. After a few years of activity on the road Michael grabbed the first chance he could get to record in the bands hometown of Copenhagen and they tear through this ambitious program of new music. Despite having a cold Blake didn't let that deter his energy. For a lark he even sang a tune at the end of the session, Johnny Too Bad by The Slickers.

Blake heard Friis with her group Tys Tys at the CPH Jazz Fest and immediately promised to have her sing with the band. In 2004 guitarist Teddy Kumpel joined Blake Tartare at The Berlin Jazz Festival for one of their most exciting shows. He contributes a lot here as well, playing guitars, mixing and co-engineering. Blake had always wanted to record John Lurie's Happy Old Yoy and on this tasty Scott Harding mix he's joined by his fellow Lizard horn man Steven Bernstein.

Blake Tartare covers a lot of ground on these two albums. Everyone plays with heart and you can hear the joy the musicians are having making music together. Their third album, 2009's The World Awakes, A Tribute to Eli 'Lucky' Thompson was the last time the band recorded in the studio.


released June 1, 2006

Michael Blake - Tenor and Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet (1), Bass Clarinet (6), Flute (6), Vocals (10)
Soren Kjaergaard - Piano, Wurlitzer and Effects
Jonas Westergaard - Acoustic Bass
Kresten Osgood - Drums

Special Guests:
Maria Laurette Friis - Vocals (1,4,5)
Steven Bernstein - Slide Trumpet (3)
Jane Scarpantoni - Cello (1)
Jeppe Kjellberg - Electric Guitar (3)
Teddy Kumpel - Electric Guitar (10) and Baritone Guitar (6)

Produced by Michael Blake
All Compositions and Arrangements by Michael Blake (Baby Tank Music, SESAC) except...
Happy Old Yoy (John Lurie, Lagarto Music)
To Whom It May Concern (Music and Lyrics by Maria Laurette Friis, Loretta Rec)
Maria (Coleman Hawkins)
Interlude With Soren (Soren Kjaergaard)
Johnny Too Bad (The Slickers)

Recorded at Studio Menudio in Copenhagen on October 31st and November 1st, 2004 by Thomas Vang
Tracks 2,3,4,5 & 8 Mixed by Scott Harding (aka Scotty Hard)
Tracks 1,6,7,9 &10 Mixed by Teddy Kumpel
Mastered by Mike Fossenkemper

Photos by Daniel Blaufuks
Design by Paul Wilson


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Michael Blake New York, New York

The Canadian born tenor and soprano saxophonist Michael Blake has been a mainstay in the New York scene for over 30 years and has put out over a dozen albums under his name. Among the many artists he has performed with are The Lounge Lizards, Steven Bernstein, Charlie Hunter and Ben Allison. ... more

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