• Michael Blake

This weekend bassist and bandleader Ben Allison makes what’s becoming an annual visit to the Green Mill, this time in support of Action-Refraction (due from Palmetto on April 12). On this trip as well as most of Allison’s recent visits, reedist Michael Blake has been part of his band. I’ve been a fan of Blake’s music for more than a decade, and I think it’s unfortunate he doesn’t get more attention—he’s not only Allison’s secret weapon but also an impressive bandleader in his own right, revealing an unstinting curiosity and passion in a variety of contexts.