Artist: Michael Blake

Album: Red Hook Soul

Release Date: 2016-10-14

where to buy

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about the album

Red Hook Soul is about Blake's real life, gritty experiences playing music in the dive bars of New York. A few originals appear with classic covers: Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ray Charles and Lana del Rey. Red Hook Soul features some of Brooklyn's most seasoned musicians: bassist Tim Luntzel, drummer Tony Mason, keyboardist Erik Deutsch, guitarist Avi Bortnick, percussionist Moses Patrou and guitarist Tony Scherk.

Michael Blake - tenor & soprano saxophone*
Tony Scherr - lead guitar
Avi Bortnick - rhythm guitar *
Erik Deutsch - piano and Yamaha Y45D
Tim L√ľntzel - electric bass
Moses Patrou - percussion
Tony Mason - drums

Soprano sax on Red Hook Soul
Guitar solo on I Love You More Than Words Can Say

Recorded by Andy Taub at Brooklyn Recording, October 19 & 20, 2015
Mixed by Andy Taub
Produced by Michael Blake and Andy Taub
Arrangements by Michael Blake
Red Hook Soul and King Curtis composed by Michael Blake (SESAC)
The result is an old school party album that will move your body and soul. The ballads are gorgeous and free of affectation - soulful saxophone played in a manner that is almost extinct, backed up by a superb band.

Clearing the clutter from his metaphorical closet, Michael Blake delivers pure soul music, the gritty and joyful story of an old soul.

about the artist

Michael Blake got his break in NYC when John Lurie invited him to join the Lounge Lizards in the early 1990's. His career includes playing in highbrow jazz circles, avant-grade collectives, and rootsy dive bar bands. After several albums that show his range of style, Michael settled into the studio with producer Andy Taub and some of his downtown friends for his next release, Red Hook Soul.