ONE SHOW ONLY: 7pm. Sataraš Quartet (pronounced SAH – tah – rash) is an instrumental quartet from Atlanta that fuses jazz improvisation with ethnic Southern European roots and American blues to create exciting new worlds of sound. Conceived by guitarist Eddie Beho and saxophonist Jeff Crompton, they soon lured bassist Colin Bragg and drummer Blake Helton with the promise of untold musical delights. The work of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Jimi Hendrix are touchstones, and yet the group has found both an original, powerful sound and a loyal following.
The group released a studio album Errors and Omissions that fulfilled their mantra of “music 5000 miles wide.” The tracks traverse time, distance, and influence, but come together in a way that only a well-tuned band can produce – assured, exciting, and at times telepathic. All aspects of the Quartet’s musical output is covered: adventurous, electric takes on ethnic folk, abstract blues and funk, an original jazz, and a jazz classics. The group navigates these stylistic turns with a strong sonic identity and unity of purpose.
Journalist Doug DeLoach states, “It’s jazz seasoned with sinuous Balkan riffs and compound Macedonian rhythms, smoked to perfection and washed down with a pitcher of Bitches Brew.”
Keen to present their live sound, the group has planned an ongoing run of limited edition releases titled the Official Bootleg Series. The first volume captures a performance at Atlanta’s Red Light Cafe.
Music writer Bill Mankin exclaims, “This album is stunning. And it’s not just ‘great for a live album’; the audio fidelity is outstanding, as is the stereo mix…the music, arrangements and playing are phenomenal, and the stylistic mix is not merely fascinating, it works brilliantly. This is my new favorite album!”