Batiste, Jon / Hollywood Africans
Album: Hollywood Africans   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Batiste, Jon   Added:Oct 2018
Label:Verve Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2018-11-04 Pull Date: 2019-01-06 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jan 6 Dec 30 Dec 23 Dec 16 Dec 9 Dec 2 Nov 25 Nov 18
Airplays: 7 1 2 1 1 2 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 08, 2021: Clean Copper Radio for Fo (rebroadcast from Jan 3, 2019)
What A Wonderful World
4. Jan 05, 2019: Music Casserole
Saint James Infirmary Blues
2. Jan 08, 2019: Clean Copper Radio
Mr. Buddy
5. Jan 04, 2019: Old Fart At Play
Saint James Infirmary Blues
3. Jan 05, 2019: Hanging in the Bone Yard
Kenner Boogie
6. Jan 03, 2019: Clean Copper Radio for Thursday's Child
Don't Stop

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2018-10-31
Reviewed: 2018-10-31
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: The mood is introspective. Even the most declarative tracks suggest vulnerability. Mr. Batiste combines well-known songs and original compositions to form a fairly seamless statement that nods toward legacies but sounds personal. Through his song choices and his performances, he implies a tension between pure joy and deep sadness. His original lyrics focus on love’s many manifestations. He is gentle and mannered; he’s no radical. Nonetheless, his new music represents an elegant meditation on complicated truths from a young black man thrust into stardom, still sorting out traditions of richness and pain.
If You Like: Henry Butler, Joe Williams, Johnny Hartman, Leonard Cohen
Track Review (favorites denoted by *): Joe Williams, Art Tatum, Leonard Cohen
**1/ Kenner Boogie (3:23) –rocking uptempo piano solo> quick stop
2/ What A Wonderful World (4:54) – piano starts> slow song> quick fade
*3/ Chopinesque (3:32) – slow piano solo builds in intensity & complexity> stop
4/ Saint James Infirmary Blues (4:19) – vocal starts> slow song> piano solo> fade
*5/ Nocturne No. 1 In D Minor (3:28) – midtempo piano solo> quick stop
*6/ The Very Thought Of You (4:35) – piano starts> slow song> piano solo to stop
7/ Green Hill Zone (2;54) – midtempo piano solo> strings kick in> fade
*8/ My Buddy (3:44) – piano starts> quirky midtempo song> piano solo> midtempo song> fade
*9/ Is It Over (5:38) – piano starts> slow song swells in volume & intensity then subsides, then swells again> quick fade
10/ Smile (1:12) – short slow piano solo
**11/ Don’t Stop (3:50) – piano starts> slow song swells in volume & intensity then subsides several times> slow fade

Track Listing
1. Kenner Boogie   6. The Very Thought Of You
2. What A Wonderful World   7. Green Hill Zone
3. Chopinesque   8. Mr. Buddy
4. Saint James Infirmary Blues   9. Is It Over
5. Nocturne No. 1 In D Minor   10. Smile
  11. Don't Stop