Robert Sarazin Blake – new double album ‘Recitative’ was recorded in the Hudson Valley(NY) and features Amy Helm, Cindy Cashdollar, & Doug Weiss along with west coast soul singer Grace Love, saxophone/trumpeter Thomas Deakin, and Noah Walker on guitar. The album was finished and mixed by Marc L’Esperance at heavyosonic in Vancouver, BC.
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.
Twenty years into recording and writing, Blake celebrates his unusual songs forms, which land between spoken word, folk song & theatrical installation, with the title: ‘Recitative’.
Over 16 tracks Blake investigates Couples, US drone attacks, Work, Single Women, The Corner of Saturday Night, The Other End of Fck It, and The Rock & Roll Dream.