Ada’s latest CD Green Factor is slated for release on March 1st and should easily cement her standing in jazz circles both inside and outside the United States. A native of Italy, Rovatti studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music before garnering invaluable experience by moving to Paris, France and finally moving to New York City and establishing herself as a bandleader, sideman and clinician.
Rovatti describes Green Factor as a "contemporary/fusion/world music" effort, and no other description could be more accurate. On this recording, Rovatti blends Irish and Celtic themes with traditional and smooth jazz to create arrangements that are uniquely creative and distinct, yet very entertaining. Where else can bagpipes and the tenor sax in the same song sound so cool? Green Factor also succeeds where other albums have failed by producing outstanding covers of the standards "Oh Danny Boy" and "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." The covers do not sound recycled in the least bit. Instead, the songs sound familiar, yet Rovatti’s arrangement makes them sound like they belong to Rovatti and Rovatti alone. That is a feat that I personally have not seen repeated since Kirk Whalum’s cover of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." The recording also features amazing trumpet and flugelhorn solos from longtime collaborator and friend Randy Brecker as well as equally amazing work from one of the most in-demand guitarists playing today in Adam Rogers.
Green Factor is very fun to listen to. Rovatti wrote all of the arrangements and wrote seven of the ten compositions. She also showcases a mastery of the saxophone’s technicality. Her playing is very expressive and she plays the full range of the instrument. While Green Factor may be limited to Irish and Celtic influence, her improvisation throughout the recording is in a word - soulful. Rovatti doesn’t hold back whether she is playing a ballad, a quick-tempo selection, or a traditional standard that one would easily find being sung over a few pints of Guinness in a local pub. I highly recommend adding Ada Rovatti to the list of musicians you follow and Green Factor to your jazz library.