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Quest - 4:24
New Light - 7:08
Smile - 3:12
Ice Angel - 3:46
At Home - 8:13
Moment\'S Notice - 3:22
Ms.Pearl - 6:50
Val\'S Blues - 5:47
Easin\'T - 4:22


John Blake - violin
Joey Calderazzo - piano
Charles Fambrough - bass
Joe Ford - soprano sax
Ben Riley - drums
Omar Hill - percussion
Grover Washington, Jr. - soprano sax

John Blake is back with a cast of all fellow Philadelphian musicians except for Ben Riley, and it's an acoustic band. Grover Washington, Jr. joins in two selections, Coltrane's Moment's Notice and his own blues contribution to the session, Val's Blues


The best moments on violinist John Blake's 1992 release are the two selections that feature his former boss, Grover Washington Jr., on soprano. Washington swings hard on an overly brief version of "Moment's Notice" and plays soulfully on "Val's Blues." Other selections have Blake and his rhythm section (with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Charles Fambrough, drummer Ben Riley, and percussionist Omar Hill) joined by Joe Ford on soprano and mostly playing melodic group originals. The one exception is Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," which features some lyrical violin from the talented if underrated Blake.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide


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