Pat Battstone is reviewed by Jazz Views UK

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Reviewed by Ken Cheetham



THE LAST TAXI – New Destinations

Leo Records CD LR 853Pat Battstone, piano; Chiara Liuzzi, voice, electronics, sound objects; Giorgia Santoro, flute, bass flute, bansuri, xiao, piccolo, voice, effects; Adolpho La Volpe, guitar, live electronics; Giacomo Mongelli, drums; Chris Rathbun, bass
Recorded June 18/19 2018 at MAST Studios, Bari, Italy.

​Battstone’s concentration on creative improvisation has doubtless some roots in his studies at Berklee, his studies of Aleksandr Scriabin and those with Paul Bley, Joanne Brackeen and Marilyn Crispell.

The Last Taxi has transported him hither and yon, and should you, on listening to his many productions, imagine yourself sipping espresso at the top of Galleries Lafayette in Montpellier, then you probably are, virtually.

Now the Taxi is off to New Destinations, new sounds, new entities, with new musicians and dreamers on board, another opportunity to create, enjoy and marvel at some new facets of the Avant Garde in jazz.  Battstone is entirely at home, playing and fashioning any variety of jazz style.  Sit back and relax: you are in for a most comfortable ride, though it is also challenging.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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