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SoCal Jazz

Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes

Read "Ada Rovatti: Big Sax, Big Heart, Big Shoes" reviewed by Jim Worsley


From a small town in Italy to bright lights around the world, saxophonist Ada Rovatti boldly stepped into the big shoes of the late and legendary saxophonist Michael Brecker several years ago. She didn't fill them. No one could. Instead she has snugged up inside them and found her own way of expressing Brecker's music. Married to Michael's brother, the great trumpeter Randy Brecker, the emphasis has been on the Brecker Brothers' music. That is only a part of her ...

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Interview

Ada Rovatti: True Artist

Read "Ada Rovatti: True Artist" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


For Ada Rovatti, a saxophonist whose musical journey took her from her homeland of Italy, then inevitably to the United States, the road taken has not always been easy. A bright and sensitive artist, she can have misgivings about her work at times. But that work, with other bands or the leading voice on her own recordings, brings to light an artist who has something interesting to say and does so with style and very strong chops. And ...

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Album Review

Randy Brecker & Ada Rovatti: Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond

Read "Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Jackie and Roy Krall, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Marian and Jimmy McParland--all musically fruitful jazz marriages. The progression continues with Sacred Bond from trumpeter, Randy Brecker and saxophonist spouse Ada Rovatti. In some of the aforementioned cases, specifically Jackie and Roy, the duo are stylistically tied at the hip. Here, the respective styles of Brecker and Rovatti merge spectacularly--two stellar musicians who happen to be an item. The result? A superb performance. Rovatti, a technically outstanding ...

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Album Review

Ada Rovatti: Disguise

Read "Disguise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


An initial spin of saxophonist Ada Rovatti's Disguise says she hasn't lost a step since 2009's The Green Factor (Piloo Records). There's still the judicious funk grooves, the tight arrangements, and catchy and distinctive melodies that make for an engaging and edifying listening experience. And she's still a wonderfully soulful saxophonist. These are quintet, quartet and sextet offerings. In small group jazz outings, there has to be something that sets the effort apart. With Rovatti--especially on Disguise--that “something" ...

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Album Review

Ada Rovatti: The Green Factor

Read "The Green Factor" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Italian-born Ada Rovatti possesses talent as both an ensemble player and a bandleader. Versed in several styles of music, the saxophonist brings an eclectic blend of Irish, Celtic, jazz, and a few other flavors to The Green Factor. A scholarship winner from the Berklee College of Music, Rovatti spent time living both in the United States and Italy. She has appeared in many festivals and has worked alongside such artists as Bob Mintzer, Don Alias, Mike Stern, ...

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Album Review

Ada Rovatti: Green Factor

Read "Green Factor" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


If a label is necessary, Italian saxophonist Ada Rovatti--who is now based in New York--could probably be tagged a straight-ahead jazz artist. On her Airbop (Aria Records, 2005), Rovatti showed off a top shelf set of chops along with first rate writing and arranging skills, to go along with a bunch of soul and an energetic and imaginative way of going after a solo. It may have been mainstream, but there was a definite funk tint to the sound.

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Album Review

Ada Rovatti: Airbop

Read "Airbop" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Jazz may be indigenous to America, but it's a worldwide experience. Artists from Europe, Africa, and Asia have adopted this art form and created music that's so pure and gimmick-free, it's as if they were born with it. One of these is Ada Rovatti, originally from Pavia, Italy. A pianist in her youth, Rovatti took a liking to jazz, blues, and funk and later chose the saxophone as her instrument of expression. Over the years, she's performed or recorded with ...


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