The Artistry of … Ron Blake
In describing the name of his album Shayari (pr. shy-ree) the bio on his label’s website explains that the word is Urdu and describes a type of ancient poetry consisting of couplets and a highly stylized form of verse considered extremely beautiful. The description could not better fit the artistry of Blake. I think you get a sense of the person an artist is by the way they describe their peers and project collaborators. In describing Regina Carter’s work on some of his music Blake says this about what she brought to the music; ”…a beautiful color and presence to the song’. The same man who said that is an educator. You would be right to envy his students!