The Rocket Scientist Pat Battstone is back with his latest in an ever-growing avant-garde catalog. His latest group effort The Last Taxi: In Transit is a collaboration once again with his Italian cohorts and creative like-minded souls Gianna Montecalvo with Antonella Chionna who both appear through the courtesy of Dodicilune Records.
Battstone, an experienced musician with a experimental direction with a very solid discography, is also a rocket scientist working at Draper Labs, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pat manages to combine one with another. Either creative improvisational music helps scientific work, or daring scientific research stimulates musical creativity - one way or another, Battstone is doing well in both spheres.
Battstone might have started out under Kenton's wing but his fascination with experimental, left leaning stuff has taken over his oeuvre over the years. Here we find him recording in Boston but making us feel like he packed it off to Italy to do it the Euro way.
Listen a bit, soar a lot, and embrace the genius of Pat Battstone – he is airbourne!
-Grady Harp, Top 100 Writer
“One’s Destination is never a place, but a new way of looking at things”
- Henry Miller
Pat Battstone began performing music professionally at the age of 14, playing in various rock, blues, and R&B bands in South Western Ohio. By the time he was 18, he had received lessons from Stan Kenton and Gary Burton, had been mentored by Oscar Treadwell (Oska T), and had played with James Brown’s recording sidemen as well as members of the musical “Hair.”
In 1973, he attended Berklee College of Music and soon after became a student of both Mme Chaloff and Charlie Banacos. One of his bands, which featured hometown friend Grover Mooney, opened the fabled 1369 Club in Cambridge in 1975. During the 80’s, Pat studied the works of Scriabin under the renowned Serge Conus. In 1986, he returned to jazz, studying with Joanne Brackeen for a period of 6 years. During the past decade he has enjoyed the friendship and mentorship of both Paul Bley and Marilyn Crispell.
Though his focus as an artist is creative improvisation, he is skilled and experienced in any setting where jazz (no matter the style) or groove and R&B is needed. He is fluid in both solo appearances as well as leading ensembles; in both acoustic settings as well as electric. His last 6 CDs - Mystic Nights, The Last Taxi, Beyond the Horizon, From Dream to Dream, Rylesonable,and Elements - have all had excellent reviews and have charted into the mid-teens on the CMJ jazz charts for numbers of weeks.
His latest adventures have been in collaboration with the musical circles in Puglia, Italy, namely those of Gianna Montecalvo in Bari and Gianni Lenoci in Monopoli. He recorded and produced 4 CDs with an Italian vocalists since 2016 with 2 more ready for release in the near future, with additional recordings to be produced.
When not performing music, Pat works as a rocket scientist at Draper Labs in Cambridge.
“Each listen to The Last Taxi will create new emotions and visions, and after all, is that not the true language of music, the music of the soul- and the soul is only really in the moment of now, only the mind wanders.
The Last Taxi is a transport vehicle. Its routes are many and its destinations are unknown. You have but one chance to board, as its mission is immediate and urgent. Yet you know that you MUST go in, otherwise you will be walking alone in a desolate place.
Once inside the taxi, you are going home, yet you understand that home is an endless journey. What was your world is now seen through the window as a dream that is passing, an obscure and blurred image.
Your traveling companions share the experience of the Last Taxi with you, yet each perception is different from the other’s. The Taxi is a forum of life stories, sometimes you tell yours at other times you listen, sometimes you discuss the stories with a few travelers, other times they all discuss.
Your ride in the Last Taxi is free, you may come
01 As The City Awakens 7:33
02 View From My Balcony 5:11
03 Sur la Voie Rapide 4:42
04 Harbor Lights 3:23
05 And Then What 4:32
06 Creatures of the Night Forest 5:50
07 Immigrant Song 4:46
08 Lonely Avenue 5:16
09 Apocalisse Ora 6:10
10 Adieu Mes Amis 5:18
11 In Transit 1:43
Pat Battstone piano
Chris Rathbun double bass
Richard Poole drums, vibraphone
Ilona Kudina flutes
Todd Brunel clarinet
Gianna Montecalvo vocals, spoken word
Antonella Chionna vocals, spoken word
Gianna Montecalvo and Antonella Chionna appear through the courtesy of Dodicilune Records