Take classic standards of swing, bossa nova and timeless jazz but add just a slightly more contemporary melodic feel and you have Summertime Jazz from Lisa Marie Baratta. A musical happy place somewhere between the more contemporary lyrical feel of smooth jazz and the west coast cool sound made popular by Stan Getz well over forty years ago, Baratta's keen sense of melody and lyrical flow turn out an entertaining gem on virtually every musical level.
Opening with "Unforgettable" the 4tet works in seamless harmony allowing Baratta's solo to glide effortlessly and set a continued high standard of improvisation which is found throughout this release. "Fly Me To The Moon"features Baratta on flute with an equally impressive set of skills. Covering "Just The Two Of Us" is either feast or famine for aspiring instrumentalist. Baratta nails the tune with ease showcasing a nice versatility normally missing from releases similar in nature. The last two tunes are bonus live cuts featuring the California Pops Orchestra and are further proof of the instrumental prowess of this first call instrumentalist.
Jazz perhaps more so than any genre of music is more closely associated with mood, emotion and the various forms of human expression. Lisa Marie Baratta takes an eclectic set of tunes and with the help of some exceptional musicians playing with her succeeds in running the table of the jazz idiom with style, elegance and flair.
Tracks: 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 (feat. The Ca. Pops Orchestra), Harlem Nocturne (feat. The Ca. Pops Orchestra).
Personnel: Lisa Marie Baratta:alto, soprano saxophone, flute, alto flute; Don Turney: piano; John Hettel: bass; Andrew Eberhard: drums.