Robert Sarazin Blake & The Letters

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8:00 pm

November 16, 2017

Robt Sarazin Blake’s new Double Album ‘Recitative’ was recorded in the Hudson Valley at The Building in Marlboro, NY (The original home of The Falcon)

Blake is backed by Marlboro’s own wrecking crew: Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco, Brandon Morrison & Will Bryant

‘I didn’t know I was searching for The Hudson Valley Sound until I stumbled inside it.  Lee, Connor, Brandon and Will climbed on stage after my gig at The Falcon and I immediately knew I was hearing the sound of my new record. Dylan and The Band started it. Van Morrison came searching for it.  Jimi Hendrix, John Sebastian, Paul Butterfield, Janis Joplin, Maria Muldaur and so many more made music in this valley where the drums, organ, horns and guitars all put the swirl around the rhymes.

It’s been 50 years but the sound lives on as a fundamental of American Music and the creators are still in the valley, splitting firewood and keeping an eye on the mailbox.  A new generation is working in the tradition and I was lucky to get pulled into the swirl.’

‘Recitative’, in 16 tracks, investigates Couples, US drone attacks, Work, Single Women, The Corner of Saturday Night, The Other End of Fck It, and The Rock & Roll Dream.

Twenty years into recording and writing, Blake celebrates his unusual songs forms, which land between spoken word, folk song, rock song & theatrical installation, with the title: ‘Recitative’.

Recitative , also known by its Italian name “recitativo” is a style of delivery (much used in operas, oratorios, and cantatas) in which a singer is allowed to adopt the rhythms of ordinary speech. Recitative does not repeat lines as formally composed songs do. It resembles sung ordinary speech more than a formal musical composition.

With the support of the backing band, Blake is able to paint with broader strokes and more vivid colors. The band is Ferrari in ideal waiting to roar between the narratives and vignettes

 

We are living in the shadow of a renaissance.  Between the field recordings of the 1930’s and the 24-track 2” tape machines of the 1970’s, there is a mountain. We’re so deep in the shadow we’re still not sure when it crept in or how long it will last .

Some days we look back and try to climb, some days we look back defeated and some days we charge ahead in the darkness grasping, digging and laying down. Sometimes at night we bump into each other and the parties are usually pretty good’

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