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Richard Allen
a closer listen, September 2016

Perhaps the most romantic of the pianists we cover, Bavota continues to allow his heart to lead on Out of the Blue. These pieces are drenched in warmth and ready to woo. Melancholy has no place here; this is a safe haven.

…Bavota loves at all times and translates his overflowing emotions into piano poetry. Joined here by cellist Michael Nicolas (ICE) and violinist J Freivogel (Jasper String Quartet), he reaches new heights in these pieces; perhaps buoyed by the opportunity to reach a larger audience, he seems more confident than ever. © 2016 a closer listen Read complete review



Textura, September 2016

It’s important to emphasize that there’s nothing calculated or cynical about Bavota’s approach. Listeners familiar with his earlier releases will confirm that the harmonious tone of Out of the Blue is very much consistent with the style with which he’s become associated. His is a life-affirming sound, one that embraces the beauty of the natural world and looks with genuine affection upon the people within it. © 2016 Textura Read complete review



Mick Buckingham
Fluid Radio, August 2016

Much of the record is populated by the dorian (bright) and mixolydian (mixed and misty) types of modes and keys. This type of playing—more whole tones than semitones (more white notes than black; less jazz notes and more classic). The corresponding metric structure of the pieces—adhering to traditional 4 and 8 bar phrases—keeps momentum. Meanwhile the tempo is a glacial coastal eddy over the waves, while with some sharper waves, always brings back to shore. It’s this light effect of all the techniques put together that creates an ennui that is long lasting and free flowing.

…the most gorgeous thing amongst these misty tones [is] the lack of clutter. The precision/rhythmicality.

It is hard to pick any fault. The imagery conjured up is also bright, vivid contours of lush fauna; golden fields. Certainly not something douleur and depressing. Rather, one of those bolts from the blue. A gift from a blue skyline. © 2016 Fluid Radio Read complete review





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