Pat Battstone & Richard Poole | The Last Taxi (A Conversation)

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The Last Taxi (A Conversation)

by Pat Battstone & Richard Poole

A surreal conversation between Pat Battstone, Richard Poole, Chris Rathbun and Todd Brunel, filled with brilliant and subtle colors, rhythms, and textures
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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1. The Last Taxi
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2. Atypical Morning
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3. Ashes and Empty Bottles
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4. A Night At the Hotel Avery
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5. The Lone Sailor
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6. Subterranean Affair
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7. Merchants of Kiev
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8. Still Floating
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9. Barbes
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10. Hidden Passage
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11. Peruvian Street Dance
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Album Notes
The Last Taxi
A conversation

Pat Battstone, Richard Poole, Chris Rathbun, and Todd Brunel

This current work is a collection of musical conversations. Our initial works, “Through an Open Door” and “Mystic Nights”, established a language, a musical dialog, between Richard Poole on vibes and myself on piano. In this effort, we have kept our “chamber jazz” voice and expanded it to include Chris Rathbun on bass and Todd Brunel on bass clarinet. Richard now plays drums in addition to vibes. Like most conversations, not everyone speaks at once and not everyone is a part of every conversation.

All of these works are spontaneous improvisations. Only “A Night at the Hotel Avery” had a predetermined theme - a blues, whose form was never once realized. What transpired were reminiscences of places and activities that happened either in reality, or in a subconscious state. Yet the act of recalling the past was, at the same time, an act of creating in the present.

Both Chris and I had been bell-hops at the Hotel Avery, a sleazy hotel in the middle of Boston’s red light district. Richard had played drums at the clubs. We knew the club owners and their “friends”, the dangers in the alleys, and the sights and people of the street. Our conversations went into the late hours where empty beer bottles were filled with cigarette ashes, yet we kept talking. Sometimes we talked of being at sea, of wandering around les rues désolés de Paris, of our escapes, and of our flights of fantasy.

Everyone has their vision of the Last Taxi - the sense of urgency, the sense of immediacy, the sense that you have to catch it or you are stranded. All the passing faces, the trestles driven under, and the bumps of old trolley tracks are but a blur. You are going home and that’s all that matters. We’ve all been there.

Much can be said about how each of us envisioned the music. Yet none of our descriptions matched each others’. Each had his own interpretations of the colors, shapes, and varying textures that are presented here. With this in mind, we invite the listener to be drawn into these pieces and evoke their own vision.

"Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it 'creative observation.' Creative viewing.”
― William S. Burroughs, Ports of Entry

Pat Battstone, July 27, 2014, Cherry Valley, NY



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Joe Ross (CDInsight)

Sensitive splendor, beautiful colors, and delicate textures
When I reviewed this duo's "Mystic Nights" album in 2011, I noted that their improvisational conversations evoke many images. Since solidifying their musical direction with maturity and some playfulness, I found their articulate expressions to be quite dreamlike and perfect for easy-listening or meditative contemplation.
Their kaleidoscope of magical sound is an otherworldly soundscape as they create many moods. Both jazz musicians display an affinity for the avant-garde, and they’re carving personalized identities as an amalgamation of their personal influences. For pianist Pat Battstone, we continue to hear a personality that incorporates elements of Marilyn Crispell, Keith Jarrett, Bobo Stenson, Charlie Banacos and Bill Evans. As far as vibraphonists go, I hear styles of Teddy Charles and Gary Burton (whose “Dreams So Real” album might have been inspirational).
Originally from Ohio, Battstone attended the Berklee College of Music in 1973. He’s done a great deal of solo and ensemble work, as well as teaching, producing and recording. Battstone doesn’t just play the piano’s keys. He may pluck the strings to produce overtones, or he may employ hammers directly to the strings. At present, he also works as a rocket scientist at Draper Labs in Cambridge, Ma.
Richard Poole also has a long resume with many years as a professional musician. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Florida International University. Performance, production, a piano business and teaching have been his main focus over the years. He’s helped many develop their own voice in music.
The two, along with Brunel and Rathbun, continue to cultivate their own musical manifestations with sensitive splendor, beautiful colors, and delicate textures.