Beata Pater: Red (2013)
Red, like the previous "color" releases, focuses nominally on the particular color considered, ergo, the original "Big Red" and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay." Red sports fewer mainstream standards in favor of more Pater compositions and those shared with pianist Mark Little, with "Red Clay" and pianist Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly," which opens the disc, representing the "standards." Pater approaches a hip-hop sensibility on "Sir Doug of Edwards" and A Michael Jackson-infused groove on "Big Red," which features electric guitarist André Bush.
Pater brings all of her James Brown funk to "Red Clay," producing a rendition that is at once curious and fertile. It is a reflection of the entire disc, which houses music that pushes the envelope of vocal jazz and R&B. Pater has seized on a theme and she is riding it for all it is worth. It will be interesting to see where it goes next.
Track Listing: Butterfly; Ahmar; Bachnova; Sir Doug of Edwards; Big Red; Bis; Lady Carmen; Praise; Rany Bombay; Red Clay; Tragic Beauty; Vermelho.
Personnel: Beata Pater: vocals, violin; Mark Little: keyboards; Aaron Germaine: bass; André Bush: guitar; Darius Babazedeh: saxophone, flute; Ranzel Merritt: drums; Raul Ramirez; Carl Lockett: guitar; Celia Malheiros: guitar; Kush Khanna: tabla; Tom Peron: trumpet; Buca Necak: contrabass; Doug Edwards: voice.
Record Label: B&B Records