Pat Battstone is reviewed by Staccatofy with a rating of 9.2

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by Steph Cosme

 

Pat Battstone is a prolific creator, not just a pianist but a rocket scientist, an improvisational soul and a groundbreaking thinker when it comes to his collaborations and how he sees and hears music.  He has recorded and produced 7 CDs with Italian vocalists since 2016.  His collaborations in Italy have given him the opportunity to perform with Gianna Montecalvo, Francesco Massaro, Francesco Cusa, Adolfo La Volpe, Giacomo Mongelli, Giorgio Vendola, Camille Pace, Nico Catacchio, Chris Rathbun, Marilena Paradisi, Teresa Raneri, Cettina Donato, Giorgia Santoro, Chiara Liuzzi, Marialuisa Capurso, among others. He has also appeared in several significant Italian festivals including the Jonio Jazz Festival, Gela Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day Siracusa, and the Jazzit Festival.  His latest endeavor with Italian artist, Daniela Chionna, is a journey of creating both music and artwork in an improvisational and natural interplay between abstract artist and improvisational artist, titled The Last Taxi: New Destinations.

Positives
Battstone creates a soundscape of instrumental and vocal excursions that delve deeply into the exploratory realm of beauty and tension. The result is a satiated listen.
Bottom Line
Battstone is joined by vocalist Chiara Liuzzi on select tracks, the vocalist uses her voice as an instrument of exploration, interacting with the group sound for a heightened experience. Guitarist, Giorgia Santoro invokes a prolific line up of instruments including flute, bass flute, bansuri, xiao, piccolo, including voice on “The Markets of Marrakech.” The idea of vocals in Battstone’s latest excursion is more so as an instrument of improvisation versus the traditional lyric approach. The core trio sound is propelled by Giacomo Mongelli on drums, Chris Rathbun on bass, who has appeared on several of Battstone’s releases and of course Pat Battstone himself on piano. Of particular note is guitarist Adolfo La Volpe, who invokes full use of his guitar tone and the use of live electronics. The overall result of The Last Taxi: New Destinations is an adventurous listen, that will keep you on your heels. This is not a jazz relaxation listen, it will take several invocations of spins to get to the core of the sound and to digest the sheer mastery of each track. That’s the short of it!
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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