Kate Wyatt
Artifact
Self Release, 2022

 
September 1, 2022

Artifact is the title of Canadian pianist Kate Wyatt’s debut album.

Kate Wyatt is considered one of the best musicians on the Canadian scene, and last June she released Artifact, her debut album as a leader.
Accompanied by Lex French on trumpet, Adrian Vedady on double bass and Jim Doxas on drums, Wyatt has self-produced an album that collects seven songs that you could classify as “Contemporary Jazz”.

 


The sounds of the album are intriguing. “Artifact” is a modal song with long and articulated solos that can be appreciated for the relaxed mood. Even when the music expresses tension, the group doesn’t need to “scream”, maintaining instead a particularly fascinating dynamic and rhythmic control.

A successful cover of “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing”, a classic written by Billy Strayhorn, is here presented in a particularly lyrical version, also thanks to the beautiful thematic exposition of Lex French. “Lhotse Face” is the fast track of the record, and the intricate harmonies go well with the simple melody, supported by Doxas’ excellent drumming. “Antepenultimate” is the most articulated piece from a formal point of view, and the darkest and most dissonant song. The leader’s solo is nervous and relaxed at the same time.

The last track is the mysterious and at the same time sunny “Duet”, with an effective doublebass riff that supports the entire song. Artifact is a record featuring a brilliant quartet, which enhances the excellent compositions of Kate Wyatt. An excellent debut that makes us wait with a certain curiosity (and impatience) for the next record by Kate Wyatt.
(EM)

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