The story of how the Beaty brothers came to create their first CD is a fascinating one. Twins John and Joe Beaty felt compelled to do so when it almost seemed certain Joe was facing imminent death with a heart problem called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.
At a mere 25-years-old, the brothers ventured into the studio in December 2007 to create their debut, and possibly final, album, simply titled The Beaty Brothers.
Comprised of seven tracks featuring compositions and arrangements solely by the brothers, this light jazz combo kicks out soothing strains that complement just about any activity.
As I listened to it for the first time, the music blended into my scenery and I found myself comfortably doing other things. The music simply belongs.
That's why I think it would be ideal in hip bistros, like Bon Vino's in Sunnyside and in Yakima Valley wine tasting rooms.
The one song that really truly resonated with me is called Insomnia. There are no lyrics on this CD, but this song drew me in because it starts with a lazy horn and moves into a faster beat and tempo. Insomnia truly fits it, because it makes me think of a mind that won't stop racing when it's supposed to be dreaming.
Maybe that could sum up the brothers' experience in making this debut album: racing to lay out the tracks while brother Joe was sometimes collapsing with a heart rate of 180 bpm.
I recommend this CD for light jazz lovers, tasting room owners and eatery owners looking to add a touch of class to the ambiance of their establishments.