Pat Battstone Sextet spontaneous sonic adventure Pat Battstone Sextet – ELEMENTS: This marvelous sound adventure explores territory that many of us (including your friendly reviewer) have only “touched the edges of” in our previous listening (& perhaps, in our previous incarnations)… it features Marialuisa Capurso vocals, bells, aluminum panel, music box, ocarina, electronics; Pat Battstone piano, percussion; Adolfo LA Volpe live electronics, guitar, objects; Mariasole de Pascali flute, alto flute, piccolo; Francesco Massaro alto sax, bass clarinet, G clarinet, pataphysical devices and Giacomo Mongelli drums, percussion, and it’s easily the best spontaneous music I’ve listened to in many years… and, as many of you know, I have listened to a LOT of music that is “different”, so that is truly saying something! One of the most surprising parts of this wonderful 1:17:28 journey is that it also includes strong and solid percussion… as you listen to “Hot Match” (the samples will be up within the next couple of days, as well as a link where you can purchase the digital version of the CD – so come back and check this post often…), you’ll hear what I mean… the merger of spoken-word in together with these driving percussive improvisations is (quite literally) the best I’ve ever heard… just SUPERB.
Pat’s keyboard work on the introduction to the 6:41 “Wet War“, paired with Mariasole’s flute, as well as all the other instruments, evolves into a shimmering spoken-word performance that will stay in your head for years to come… of course, this isn’t (at all) “background music”… you need to make sure you listen to all twelve tunes with your headphones on, your feet kicked up and a long-neck (or a bowl, maybe) ready for the action… what I can promise you, without qualification, is – a TRIP!
Having done a lot of spoken-word myself (back in the day), I can guarantee you that pieces like my personal favorite of the dozen songs offered up, “Spaceways“, will allow you to join the players as they respond to their call from the muse… the song, as edited, clocks in at 15:26, so make sure your time is “blocked out” for no interruptions… in order to truly absorb all the magical moments, in fact, you may find yourself doing repeated listens (as did I)… even for a seasoned listener, there’s a lot to absorb here.
I give Pat & the players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of a (perfect) 5.00, which means that it also gets my “PICK” for “most inspired improvisational album” for 2018! Samples will be available soon, and you can purchase your own digital copy on this page (direct from the artist)! An absolutely perfect creative journey! Rotcod Zzaj
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