Seamus Blake: Fear of Roaming


Fear of Roaming


Seamus Blake (tenor sax)


Live In Italy (Jazzeyes 005)

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Seamus Blake (tenor sax),

David Kikoski (piano), Danton Boller (bass), Rodney Green (drums)


Composed by Seamus Blake


Recorded: live in Cesenatico, Italy, February 2007


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Seamus Blake is another of those marvelous musicians who seem to be mined from the seemingly inexhaustible mother lode known as the Berklee School of Music. Forming his style along the way by working stints with drummer Victor Lewis, the Mingus Big Band, and collaborations with such artists as John Scofield and Kurt Rosenwinkel, Blake has a pristine, mellifluous sound that he sometimes embellishes with electronic effects.

For his 2007 Italian tour, Blake was joined by fellow Mingus Big Band alumnus David Kikoski on piano, with the reliable backing of Rodney Green and Danton Boller to round out the quartet's rhythm section. "Fear of Roaming" is a bouncy Blake composition featuring his low-timbre tenor work, and is emblematic of his flawless execution and expressive invention. Blake's boundless stream of ideas ebbs and flows seamlessly throughout his solo. Pianist Kikoski is particularly percussive and complementary during Blake's forays into the saxophone ether, and is equally enthusiastic and adroit on his own crescendo-building solo performance. These two have a symbiotic quality that enhances their performance. Green finishes with a flurry of toms, snares and cymbals at the coda.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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