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Burning in F and G

by Blake 'n' Blue

Unique jazz and blues originals, vocal and instrumental, featuring saxophone, plus solo guitar in chord-melody classic jazz style.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Burning In F And G
4:36 album only
2. Mark Of The Lash
6:13 album only
3. Mister Fixer
3:34 album only
4. All The Things You Are
2:38 album only
5. Who Can I Turn To
2:37 album only
6. Judas' Elegy
4:38 album only
7. The Seed
3:13 album only
8. Quintessential Existential
8:26 album only
9. Lonnie's Lament
2:45 album only
10. My Romance
2:28 album only
11. Sleaziana
3:45 album only
12. Minor Aggravation
0:40 album only
13. Detour Ahead
5:43 album only
14. Cherokee
2:51 album only
15. Mark Of The Lash - Instrumental
2:05 album only


Album Notes
Doug Blake has been paying his dues in Chicago since the '70s playing solo jazz guitar in restaurants, bass in oldies bands in sleazy dives, jobbing in his tux in banquet halls, behind the curtain in musical theater, and leading a quartet in jazz clubs.

He has been the subject of TV and radio documentaries and even a novel ("Love In A Different Key" published 1983 Houghton Mifflin depicts Doug's performance in a Chicago bar), and his band members are seasoned professionals with their own lengthy bios, accolades and discographies.
A sample:

Jeff Newell - "Meshes bebop and lyricism" Downbeat Magazine
now based in New York.
Rich Corpolongo - "Applies a seamless blend of bebop, modal, and free playing" Chicago Reader. Blake has written lyrics for 5 of Rich's songs; performed live, yet to be released.
Brian Sandstrom and Rusty Jones - "One of the busiest rhythm teams working in the Chicago area." Chicago Tribune
Brian, sideman on more than 25 CDs, has toured Europe with free jazz pioneer Hal Russell a dozen times. Rusty Jones has toured Europe with Marian McPartland and George Shearing.
Don Stiernberg - Has recorded in Nashville and with Jethro Burns.
John Roothaan - Presently playing all over Chicago and Indiana.
Terry Sullivan - Music for Women's Voices, Chicago A Cappella, His Majestie's Clerkes, Oriana Singers, and many other classical vocal ensembles.

The five solo tracks are recorded without over-dubs, and sometimes sound like guitar and bass (especially "All The Things You Are" and "Cherokee"). This is Doug's forte: his thumb walking the bass while other fingers play chords, melody and improvisation. Though band cuts make up most of the CD, these unique solo arrangements contribute greatly.
He is frequently told that he sounds like Joe Pass.

Terry Sullivan - Vocals
Doug Blake - Guitar
Jeff Newell - Alto Sax
Rich Corpolongo - Alto Sax (Burning In F&G only; first soloist in sax duel with Newell)
John Roothaan - Piano, Organ
Peter Slivka - Piano (Detour Ahead only)
Brian Sandstrom - Accoustic bass
Rusty Jones - Drums

Doug Blake can be reached at:
P.O. Box 713
Wilmette, Il. 60091



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Cadence Magazine

great jazz review
Disc far above the hundred tepid jazz albums released each month.
Gotta hand it to Blake the writer for being able to write both a perfect Billie Holiday Jazz tune ('Mark of the Lash') and the first Jazz cut to work Existentialism ('Quintessential Existential') into the title.
Lots of personality in the vocals of [Terry] Sullivan, too."
[Blake] takes on the fine Joe Pass-influenced solo guitar version of 'My Romance'.

The uptempo opening cut [Burning in F & G] is reminiscent of those modal pieces Coltrane and Miles turned out a few decades back."

Illinois Entertainer

Doug Blake is a great guitarist
Doug Blake is a Jazz musician who seems to have a limitless musical vocabulary. His disc 'Burning in F & G' is all over the map-in a good way. From the fast bop of the title cut to the slinky noir sounds of 'Mark of the Lash', Blake is a great guitarist who plays with the grace of Django Reinhardt and nearly perfect technical execution. And his cast of stellar session players captures a wide variety of moods with ease.