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.
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.
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