Label: DKS Productions
Musicians: Don Turney - piano; John Hettel - bass; Andrew Eberhard - drums (Tracks 1 - 9)
Live Recording with the CA Pops Orchestra (Tracks 10 - 11)
Review: Thelonious Monk would have loved the way multi-instrumentalist Lisa Marie Baratta plays. Monk always exhorted his musicians to "...play the melody." On Baratta's new CD: "Summertime Jazz," one of the hallmarks of her performance is her unflinching, uncompromising, beautiful playing of the melody on each selection. Immediately, this sets her apart from many instrumentalists populating the jazz genre, and imbues her music with invigorating freshness and singular modernity.
A soulful rendition of Irving Gordon's (Unforgettable) opens "Summertime Jazz." Baratta shines on alto saxophone. Her approach is nourished with a simplicity that is perfectly underscored by Don Turney's flowing, eloquent piano. Making the case that she is neither staid or bland in musical concept, Baratta alternates between alto and flute to renew Consuelo Velazquez's timeless (Besame Mucho) to a danceable bolero-flavored gem, wrapping imaginatively designed, free-flowing colors around the body of the melody.
|Pianist Don Turney|
|Bassist John Hettel|
|Drummer Andrew Eberhard|
There's undoubtably more to come from Lisa Marie Baratta in the future. But what a great jazz CD to begin "Summertime!"
Track Listing: Unforgettable; Besame Mucho; Fly Me To The Moon; Summertime; Song For My Father; When I Fall In Love; Autumn Leaves; Black Orpheus; Just The Two Of Us; Let's Dance; Harlem Nocturne.
Produced by Don Turney
DKS Productions, Hayward, California.