Pattie Cossentino delivers a refreshing dish of originals, standards, and straight ahead jazz in Latin and swing styles on her debut CD Invitation. The versatile Nashville-based Cossentino is blessed with a warm and inviting singing voice that she compliments with her flute, and the soprano, alto, tenor, and bari saxophones. Among her many credits are performances with Randy Brecker, Al Vizzutti, and Steve Houghton. Invitation features exceptional musicians like Rick Jackson on piano, Nioshi Jackson on drums, and trumpeter Rick Savage. Other musicians include Dan Immel and John Owny on bass, Dale Armstrong on drums, Joe Gross and trumpet, and Billy Huber on trombone. The arrangements are a particular highlight of Invitation, especially "Summertime" and "Blue Bossa".
Invitation kicks off with a straight ahead cooker called "Doug’s Minor" that features Cossentino on tenor sax, as well as trumpeter Rick Savage and Rick Jackson on piano. "You Let My Love Get Cold" features Cossentino’s beautiful voice along with a soulful horn section. "Bewitched", "Just Squeeze Me", and "You Don’t Know What Love Is" are sung with sweet tenderness, but "You’d Be So Nice To Come To" offers more edge with a fiery Latin flavor. Sonny Rollins’ "Doxy" and Kenny Dorham’s "Blue Bossa" are given the vocal treatment, but it’s Cossentino’s instrumental work that make these tunes come alive. "Summertime" features Cossentino’s soprano sax on an arrangement that shifts back and forth from a lively three to a hard swinging four. A captivating feature of Invitation is Cossentino’s flute playing. The title track is beautiful with interaction between the flute and piano. "Danza por Belle" is an original by Pattie Cossentino and Ken Ozimek with the flute in a Latin setting.
Invitation offers something for every jazz fan. Singing that stays true to beautiful melodies, blazing straight ahead solos, and Latin excitement by an ensemble of extraordinarily talented musicians.