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Pat Battstone and Giorgia Santoro: Dream Notes

Read "Dream Notes" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Dream Notes is a collaborative effort by American pianist Patrick Battstone and Italian flautist Giorgia Santoro, along with Italian painter Daniela Chionna. Battstone connected to her paintings and had a strong affinity for her improvisational style. Previously her “Immersion" series of paintings was absorbed in his previous recording Elements. When she created the series, “Dream Notes," they were quite different from her previous works, having a Japanese tone, with a starkness which was set to a winter theme. Battstone set ...

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Patrick Battstone: The Last Taxi, In Transit

Read "The Last Taxi, In Transit" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Patrick Battstone is a pianist and collaborator. What is meant by collaborator? Good Question. Battstone is as equally skilled at writing, creating and playing as he is bringing together equally creative and likeminded collaborators into one project. Battstone's projects are a democracy of performances, where each player has a vital and role in the overall sound. His last six CDs have all proven to be adventurous alliances. Now with his seventh offering The Last Taxi, In Transit. Battstone has once ...

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Patrick Battstone & Antonella Chionna: The Voice of Robert Desnos

Read "The Voice of Robert Desnos" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Pat Battstone and Antonella Chionna have released a CD titled, The Voice of Robert Desnos. You do not need long to understand that there is something special in this duet. The exciting idea: to perform the poetry of Robert Desnos. Desnos' creative processes focused on achieving a state of self-abandon, dream-like spontaneity that allowed him to create his art while transcending the limitations of “reality." Desnos strived for a deeper vision of a sur-reality; one where the “movie screen" that ...

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Patrick Battstone and Richard Poole: Mystic Nights

Read "Mystic Nights" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Pianist Pat Battstone and vibraphonist Richard Poole's Mystic Nights follows a small but illustrious tradition duo recordings including Gary Burton and Chick Corea's Crystal Silence (ECM, 1972) and Visions (Steeplechase, 1979), from Sun Ra and Walt Dickerson. Also a pianist, Poole shows significant musical sympathy with Battstone who, having studied with Burton, also has a deep understanding of his colleague's instrument. This camaraderie is heard best on “Reflections," with each instrument reflecting--but not mimicking--the other with crystalline ...


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