Nika Rejto: Midnite Kiss (2002)
Rejto’s original compositions range from the Latin inspired title cut, a bouncy “Caterpillar Rag,” and a beautiful ballad “Crystal Door,” that reminds the listener that the flute can still be a delicate instrument capable of weaving poignant crystalline musical lines. The funky “Please Don’t Say Bonsoir” provides the listener with a great groove. The only relatively minor "weak link” on the CD would be the song “Melody of Love.” While Rejto possesses a pleasant voice, it is no match for her flute virtuosity- and “Melody of Love,” although probably inspired by a significant personal experience, pales in comparison to other performances on the CD. After a very swinging version of “Imagination,” the CD rounds out with a hauntingly sounding “Rejtospective Space,” with guitar solo by Rick Vandivier and flugelhorn solo by Dmitri Matheny. Another Latin-influenced “Avocado Madness” sets up the extremely introspective final tune of the CD Chante de Arbes.”
Nika Rejto is a wonderful jazz flautist who adds a new refreshing voice to her instrument. Rejto also demonstrates her more than capable abilities as a composer, arranger and bandleader. Midnite Kiss is pure pleasure to listen to, and is an excellent work of art. Highly recommended.
Track Listing: Midnite Kiss, Caterpillar Rag, The Way You Look Tonight, Crystal Door, Please Don't Say Bonsoir, Melody of Love, Imagination, Rejtospective Space, Avocado Madness, Chante des Arbes
Personnel: Nika Rejto, flute and vocals; Bevan Manson, piano; Rick Vandivier, guitars; Perry Thoorsell, bass; Peter Barshay, bass; Paul Van Wageninghen, drums; John Santos, percussion; Linda Tillery, background vocals; Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn
Record Label: UNika Records