Just as much as Pamela Williams and Candy Dulfer have opened the doors to female saxophonists in smooth jazz, Ada Rovatti has broken the door wide open to female saxophonists in contemporary straight-ahead jazz with her release Under the Hat
. Rovatti shows he can hold her own with her male counterparts and can raise the bar higher. She also shows just how a woman's touch might be able to change the mold of straight ahead jazz.
Some of the tracks on Under the Hat
bring a contemporary approach to the straight ahead idiom. Stuntman
is a good example on how improvised segments in a song can be mixed with portions that help to define what the song is all about. Rovatti can give her own touch to a classic on her version of the classic They Can't Take That Away From Me
Ada Rovatti did a good thing by getting Randy Brecker to help on Under the Hat
. Brecker is one of those performers that Rovatti is trying to become, namely a contemporary performer that puts new life to a style of music that is established, but is not understood by many people. Brecker's work on the tracks O Corko Mio
and the title track help to raise Rovatti's performance and get her into that contemporary mood that makes the tracks work.
Ada Rovatti's Under the Hat
is a CD that presents the newest slant on one of America's own forms of music. Rovatti is a winner because she shows off what she has to offer and also shares that stage with her talented backup musicians. It's the best of the classic and the best of the new.