“Ratatet blew me away...Zappa and Mingus would’ve loved this....the players are world class...”
— Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Review ( review of "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" 2018)
“..the SOUND is so scintillatingly different and passionate, let’s for once throw away the concept of genre, shall we?”
— Mike Greenblatt, Classicalite ( review of "Arctic" 2016)

Please take a listen to some "scintillatingly different and passionate" music from our new CD, "Heroes, Saints and Clowns":

“...the band plays beautifully textured electro-acoustic music laced with arresting sonorities”
— Andrew Gilbert, Berkeleyside

Check out these "arresting sonoroties":

“...Ratatet is a delight for younger, open eared listeners who don’t mind having the door to something new opened for them. Check it out.”
— - Midwest Record

Some music form our first CD,"Arctic" , for you "open eared listeners":

Here is a nice article/concert review by Andy Gilbert about the “Way Out West” concert series at California Jazz Conservatory we participated in this October.

“Demographic Shift" from "Heroes, Saints and Clowns"

"Demographic Shift"  from our new cd "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" by RATATET (featuring One Planet Drum Corps) on Ridgeway Records (made possible with grants from Creative Sonoma and SF InterMusic)

Here is the latest press release about "Heroes, Saints and Clowns" from www.Jazz Corner.com

The band at our recent residency at California Jazz Conservatory (w/ Sheldon Brown in for Paul Hanson) (photo by Tatyana Pevlov)

The band at our recent residency at California Jazz Conservatory (w/ Sheldon Brown in for Paul Hanson) (photo by Tatyana Pevlov)


  Paul Hanson-bassoon and sax, John Gove-trombone, Dillon Vado-vibes and percussion, Greg Sankovich-piano, organ and keyboards, Jeff Denson-electric and acoustic bass, Alan Hall-leader, drums, composer

A Brief History of Ratatet

Alan Hall started Ratatet in 2014 after writing for, and performing with “Electreo”, a unique trio with drums (Alan Hall), bass (Jeff Denson) and bassoon (Paul Hanson). He recorded on Hanson’s albums and always wanted to form a band with him. Alan taught and toured Europe with Jeff and Lee Konitz, where their musical relationship flourished. “Electreo” was an outgrowth of these musical connections. Seeking more sonic possibilities to compose for, Hall began his Ratatet personnel search.

Hall met trombonist John Gove at a recording with San Francisco Latin Jazz group, ‘The Mission Project”. Dillon Vado, as one of the most serious students at California Jazz Conservatory, was Alan’s first choice for the vibraphone chair. While working with guitarist Michael LaMachia, Hall was impressed with Greg Sankovich’s solid playing and bouncy attitude. Hall found his personnel.

Ratatet’s first CD, “Arctic”, garnered great reviews and was named one of the best 2016 bay area jazz releases by jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert in his article for the San Jose Mercury.  Grants from SF InterMusic and Creative Sonoma allowed the Spring 2018 release of Ratatet’s second Ridgeway CD, “Heroes, Saints and Clowns” along with their YouTube video, “Demographic Shift”.

The members of Ratatet have played and/or recorded  with an assortment of great musicians, groups and organizations which  include: Ed Simon, Geoffrey Keezer, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Billy Cobham, Art Lande, Minsarah, Paul McCandless, Lee Konitz, Cirque Du Soleil, Kenny Werner,  Kai Eckhardt,  Cuong Vu, and Ralph Alessi.