Blaine’s latest album “Strange Universe” is a collaboration of like-minded musicians incorporating elements of jazz, urban groove and extended blowing instrumental and vocal expression.
On this 7 track EP Blaine imbues each track with creative flowing lines and his distinctive alto sound.
Five of the 7 tracks on the extended EP are original compositions by Whittaker (alto sax). Accompanying him in the rhythm section is the Big Small Trio; Nic Bouloukos (piano & keyboards), Scott Dodd (bass) & Nicholas McBride (drums).
Album highlights include a collaboration with L.A producer Mark de Clive Lowe and vocalist Chris Turner (New York) who both bring their own unique styling to an old Bill Withers standard “Aint No Sunshine”.
Lyrics to the title track ‘Strange Universe” are both written and soulfully sung by Gigi Marentette (CA). Angelita Li (HK) sings inspired on the latin flavoured “Oceans”.
Also appearing on the album is Hong Kong’s very own Eugene Pao on acoustic & electric guitar and N.Y. trumpet player Theo Croker bringing his own sound to “Snowflake” (written by Nic Bouloukos).
Strange Universe would not be complete without the artistry of guitarist Guy le Claire and The Viking (Robbin Harris) on percussion.
All arrangements are by BW and produced by BW