O’s Place Jazz Magazine review by Oscar Groomes

CF 264Sara Serpa & Ran Blake – Aurora (CF 264)
O’s Notes: Aurora is the second recording featuring the mentor and protégée pair Serpa and Blake. They met at the New England Conservatory and share adventurous style with impeccable technique. Sara’s youthful mezzo-soprano is glorious and she keeps pace with Blake, a veteran pianist who defies categorization. They combine pop ballads like “Saturday” and “Moonride” with more creative improvisation masterpieces like “Dr. Mabuse”. In each case we find the duo well matched. The performance is crisp, precise and enjoyable.

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