In listening to the improvisational works in Short Stories (written on Cartoline dall’Eremo), one is transported back to the early days of the Pandemic, an uneasy time of the unknown, waiting, watching, despair, and hope. While the appetite for “pandemic music” and live streamed home concerts has waned (we’re all doing our best to get on with life now, yes?), this self-released album by improvisational jazz pianist and composer Pat Battstone, created in collaboration with Italian visual artist Daniela Chionna, deserves exploration, and, perhaps, a place in jazz musicologist’s archives of this era.
It will be a welcome day when all that remains of the Pandemic is the music it inspired; Short Stories (written on Cartoline dall’Eremo) certainly deserves a space in the musical archives of this time. That said, listeners are likely to find favorite pieces on the album that they’ll return to time and again.
We give it an EQ (Emotional Quotient) Score of 4.9!
The album is available for “Name Your Price” on Bandcamp: https://patbattstone.bandcamp.com/album/short-stories-written-on-cartoline-dalleremo
Artwork copywrite by Daniela Chionna from the series “Le Cartoline dall’Eremo”, 2020
Recorded April 9, 2021 at Rear Window Studios, Brookline MA, USA
Edited and Mixed by Craig Welsch.
Mastered by Massimo Stano @ MAST Studios, Bari, IT
Graphics Design Christine Atturo
Special thanks to Karl Berger for his guidance during this period.