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This review is from: Elevated (Audio CD)
I can't agree more than the other reviewer - from Amazon.com - about the breadth of music on this record, quite astounding, and it's completely unified musically.
It's quite strange that Blake gets tagged as avant-garde, which I personally can't see how you could draw that conclusion. The music on this record, and many of his others (try his most recent In the Grand Scheme of Things, which is also excellent), are not so much jazz albums as great listening experiences where the leader so happens to play a saxophone. Michael's saxophone tone is fantastic, and he manages to balance the need for energy, in and out playing, just to the right degree. Very 'listen-able'.
If you like discovering contemporary rock music, jazz, world music or even classical, you'll probably enjoy this. It grows on you as the melodies sink in and the atmospheres, which the other reviewer talks about, become old friends.
You can view a sample of the group live (or you could when I wrote this) on YouTube under "Michael Blake's Elevated Quartet".