Airbop is the third album as a leader for Italian-born Berklee alumna Ada Rovatti, who’s currently active on the New York jazz scene. It’s no surprise that she would be in demand, since her recordings show her to be a top-notch saxophonist and an excellent composer. Although Rovatti’s virtuosic technique, husky sound and post-Coltrane conception suggest the familiar Michael Brecker/Bob Mintzer school of tenor playing, her phrases are rarely the common ones many players fall back on. Except for the standard “My Shining Hour,” the contemporary-sounding compositions are all hers, and they too avoid triteness even as they are appealing and accessible.
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