This is the debut recording from the Mike Baggetta Quartet. The group seeks to reinterpret the state of the American Song through Baggetta's original works inspired by the likes of Keith Jarrett's American Quartet, Leonard Cohen, Claude Debussy and Edward Hopper.
The group's strengths lie in its ability to interpret Mike's original songs as deeply familiar environments with each player's creative approach to the music being at the core of its aesthetic.
01. The Heights (Baggetta) (6:23)
02. No Gravity (Baggetta) (7:41)
03. Stellar (Baggetta) (5:33)
04. Heartland (Baggetta) (3:46)
05. Olive Tree (Tai-hsiang) (6:43)
06. Small Spaces (Baggetta) (3:51)
07. Hospital Song (Baggetta) (8:27)
08. Trails (Baggetta) (4:55)
Total time: 47:24 min.
Personnel: Mike Baggetta (g), Jason Rigby (ts), Eivind Opsvik (b) and R.J. Miller (d).
Recorded at Acoustic Recording Studio, in Brooklyn, New York, on April 14, 2008.
"As he demonstrates on his solid new album, the guitarist Mike Baggetta seeks an adventurous but accessible dynamic in his music..."
Nate Chinen -New York Times
"A strong, wiry nature...Rare is the young musician who fuses avant garde and postbop mettles so effortlessly - "Small Spaces" is a refreshingly unsafe approach to modern jazz."
Clifford Allen -All About Jazz (New York)
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