Pat Battstone & Richard Poole | Mystic Nights

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Mystic Nights

by Pat Battstone & Richard Poole

This is chamber jazz; an intimate conversation of improvizational music between two veteran musicians on vibes and piano, The conversation will draw the listen into a realm of surreal sounds and images that they have perhaps never experienced before.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. Scottish Heather
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2. Summer Sunset
6:48 $0.99
3. Gin and Tonic
3:09 $0.99
4. Something Lurking
4:46 $0.99
5. Newsreel
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6. Undertow
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7. When Creatures Reigned
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8. The Miller's Tale
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9. Magical Morning
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10. Life Stories
6:00 $0.99
11. Reflections
4:25 $0.99
12. Cross Current
4:04 $0.99
13. Mystic Nights
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Album Notes

It is our pleasure to release our second CD in less than a year.

This work shows a noted maturity from its predecessor, Through an Open Door, and proves the Muse that we followed to be True. The Open Door sessions were exciting—leading, as it were, down an uncharted path. Open Door gave us a foothold in a new musical direction and here we have added an element of playfulness to that stance. New colors and textures are now present, as is a cohesive element of composition. Mystery and suspense, call and response, have become more refined and our musical Voice has emerged.

This has been a captivating experience for both Richard and I --playing, recording, critiquing, editing, and producing this new set of music. We hope the listener is able to enjoy it in the same spirit that it was made.



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Joe Ross

Otherworldly soundscape of sensitive splendor, beautiful colors, & delicate text
I hear wind chimes … feel a cool breeze … observe a vivid desert sunset … experience a glorious sunrise … see reflections on a glimmering lake’s surface. The delicate and expressive “chamber jazz” of Pat Battstone (piano) and Richard Poole (vibraphone) will have you conjuring up many images of your own. As the two experienced musicians from Boston genially converse in an improvisational style, there are many musical moods created. Their second album release in less than a year, Battstone and Poole now feel that they have solidified their musical direction with additional maturity and an element of playfulness. They state, “Mystery and suspense, call and response, have become more refined and our musical Voice has emerged.” I find their articulate expressions to be quite dreamlike and perfect for easy-listening or meditative contemplation.

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 hear a personality that seems to incorporate styles of Marilyn Crispell, Keith Jarrett, Bobo Stenson, Charlie Banacos and Bill Evans. As far as vibraphonists go, I hear elements 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. Now, the two of them together are continuing to cultivate their own musical manifestations. Their kaleidoscope of magical sound is best described as an otherworldly soundscape of sensitive splendor, beautiful colors, and delicate textures. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)