Ran Blake Releases "Driftwoods"

Since his 1961 collaboration with Jeanne Lee on RCA, Ran Blake has released 35 albums on such labels as ESP, Soul Note, Arista and hatOLOGY. His 2006 album on the Tompkins Square label, All That Is Tied, received 4 stars in Downbeat and earned top honors in the 2007 Penguin Guide to Jazz. Penguin's editor Brian Morton and Wire Magazine hailed the record as a “masterpiece."

For his new solo piano outing, Driftwoods, Ran salutes his favorite singers, interpreting songs popularized by Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Hank Williams, Nat King Cole and more.

To celebrate the release, Ran will play a rare live solo piano performance on Eric Jackson's 'Eric in the Evening' program on WGBH on March 18th, 2009 airing locally on 89.7FM Boston and streaming globally via

Ran Blake - Driftwoods - Available January 27th, 2009
Tompkins Square, distributed by Fontana/Universal
TSQ 2097

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