The Beaty Brothers Band are more than a band, they seem connected through a much more adhesive bonding. In the core of this unit are twin brothers, saxophonist John Beaty and trombonist Joe Beaty with long-time friend, Jim Robertson on bass. The band’s debut recording, B3 also features Yayoi Ikawa on piano and Ari Hoenig on drums. This 5-piece ensemble delivers simmering dynamics relatable to France’s Forgas Band Phenomena and emotive amalgams reflective of America’s The Stein Brothers Quintet.
The Beaty Brothers Band are excellent at congealing their instrument parts using a stitching that is both melodic and experimental. Like a scientist who puts different chemicals into a beaker to test their reactive properties, The Beaty Brothers Band show a similar approach to contemporary jazz mixing their variables and subsequently changing the melodic compounds. Their recording, B3 shows instincts that are both based in traditional values and scientific trials, and the outcome is a simmering amalgam of instruments that draws all eyes on them.
The Beaty Brothers Band have a propensity for creating riffs, which are repeated several times in a piece, and intercepted by wavy intervals from the horns or the piano setting the piece off on a tangent until the steady riff returns and centers the piece back on a steady axis. The Beaty Brothers Band create new pathways along the roaming intervals as if they are searching for something, but know to return home after the expedition. This is a recurring theme throughout their compositions and becomes the basis for their recording. Never out of sync with one another, the saxophone flies through the air like a dazzling pelican in "Waking Up" inviting the organ and trombone to follow in its path. The Beaty Brothers Band create sights and clusters of sounds that act as a catalyst to test new ideas and pioneer new pathways, like the doodling sprigs of piano keys cheerfully exploring the ground along "They Cried." The compositions have a undertow of tranquility as the upper register mills about with the energy of an adventurous spirit. The compositions plug into a certain view about life, making it seem like a series of events come into one’s life repeatedly and are intercepted by spurts of transient challenges that test one’s mettle and temporarily changes the course.
B3 seems like a statement about life, how encountering events can change one’s course but never displace one from home. The pieces are a reflection of the life that John and Joe Beaty have led. A very tumultuous upbringing where the only solid link they had was each other. They were eventually transferred to Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan until they were 19 years old, and then entered the music program at the New School University in New York City in 2001. In 2003, Joe Beaty was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which caused his system to accelerate his heart rate due to the emergence of an extra electrical pathway to his heart. After a number of surgeries, one seemed to have worked and allowed his heart rate to return to normal.
They say that life is fraught with unending complications, but some stability is essential. This is what The Beaty Brothers Band’s music offer. A sense of stabilizing tranquility beneath the chaos and turmoil. Their debut outing is a reflection of life, or at least their own microcosm of what life has been like.