Slow Poke Bonus Tracks

by Michael Blake

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Here for the first time is our recording of Long Day, Short Night plus 2 bonus tracks from when Slow Poke 'At Home' was reissued on Palmetto Records. Around that time Tony and Kenny made 45's of Make Out Machine (they still exist in someones apartment) well before vinyl had come back in style. Many of our fans didn't get to hear the track until the Palmetto reissue. For that we decided to master the album with Gene Paul and add these 2 takes, which we also recorded at Tony's house and fit nicely into the 'At Home' vibe.

The last track we recorded at Tony's house was a version of Dave Brubeck's 'Sixth Sense' that ended up on our studio album Redemption (Intuition Music). It wasn't even supposed to be on that album, we had recorded an obscure Burt Bacharach tune called 'Long Day, Short Night' in the studio but a conflict led us to replacing it with the Brubeck tune. We had recorded Sixth Sense for a John Zorn compilation tribute album to Brubeck. When we asked him if we could include it on Redemption he gave us the thumbs up. So...
Special thanks to John Zorn!

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released June 11, 2020

Michael Blake - tenor saxophone
David Tronzo - slide guitar, baritone guitar
Tony Scherr - acoustic bass, electric bass, guitar, engineer
Kenny Wollesen - drums, percussion

Engineered by Tony Scherr
Mastered by Gene Paul at DB Plus

Photo by Michael Smith

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Michael Blake Brooklyn, 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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