Alex Blake - Double Bass
Photo credit: © Agostino Mela
The range of Alex Blake's talent is bordering on phenomenal as virtually
musician in whatever style, calls upon him for truly unique bass . This
had been going on since he was a child, and with his background it is no
wonder many have called him a prodigy.
Alex Blake was born in Panama, where he enjoyed the infusion of cultures
in that rear Central American country. Everyone, and everything,
goes through Panama, and a little of each culture is left behind. It
only follows that as one of the building blocks to his character this
influence would later be echoed in his uncanny ability to play every kind
of music. He moved to the United States at the age of 7 when his
education became mainstream America: more specifically Brooklyn, the
eclectic experiences that go with growing up in Brooklyn where perfect
push for such an energetic young man.
After becoming one of the major proponents of the fusion movement In the
late 70í with his writing and performances with Lenny White and Billy
Cobham, Alex established himself as a drummer's bassist. His range and
ability flow between melodic and extremely rhythmic playing enables these
all-star drummers to express themselves to their fullest without having to
worry about keeping time. Most of the people who work with Alex consider
him an entire rhythm section on his own. His playing evokes rhythm guitar
steady drumming, and lyrical bass line work all in the action of two
hands. If you count the scat singing that he throws in over some of
his solos, you might be inclined to call him the whole band and give him
the horn chair as well.
In keeping with his tradition of close work with a great drummer, Alex
currently enjoys the co-creative efforts of straight ahead/fusion great
Tommy Campbell. They play on each otherís projects as well as having spend
eight years together with The Manhattan Transfer. They are currently
lending their rhythmic shorthand to hot up-and-coming artists, like
flutist/vocalist Andrienne Wilson, who has added George Cables and Bobby
Watson to the list of Musicians sharing recording credits.
As Sidemen without comparison Alex is touring with Pharoah Sanders and
As a leader and composer Alex Blake is doing what he always
does-incredible music that infuses and myriad of cultures and experiences
that almost define the world of music being one . The individual, the
completeness, the expression, it is all completely original,
it is Alex Blake.
Alex Blake own
The Alex Blake Quintet
"Now is the Time"
Live at the Knitting