Here is an interview with Ran Blake in the Boston Globe ahead of a concert to be held in celebration of his 75th birthday. John Medeski is the guest interviewer. Ran was an influential mentor of John’s when he was a student at the New England Conservatory. Ran has been a professor in the third stream music department for over 40 years alongside Gunther Schuller and George Russell. He is an avant-garde jazz piano player, composer and educator known for his “primacy of the ear” teaching philosophy.