Saxophonist Michael Blake seems to change his approach on every album he makes. No matter if that context is avant-garde, electronic, or swing, what shines through is his distinctive saxophone voice and compositional style. Michael’s saxophone playing can be soulful or technical and fully embraces spontaneity and interaction. He is surely one of the most underrated saxophonists on the scene today.
In 2013, he received the Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works grant and started working on his most straight ahead album to date. Tiddy Boom is a hard swinging tribute to tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins. Michael filtered the contrasting styles of each saxophonist through his own voice to compose a suite of brand new music that is both old school and timeless. This is the best example to date of Michael throwing down on the saxophone!