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Beata Pater: Red (2013)

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Polish vocalist/composer/violinist Beata Pater, as of late in San Francisco, releases Red, the third recording in her "colors" series following Black (B&B, 2006) and Blue (B&B, 2011). She specializes in the no-lyrics singing that is related to, but not exactly the same as scat singing. Much of this is present on Red where, an expressive and passionate singer, Pater draws every bit of creativity from her mezzo-soprano voice. Her capability is elastic like that of Betty Carter
Betty Carter
Betty Carter
1930 - 1998
vocalist
and Cheryl Bentyne
Cheryl Bentyne
Cheryl Bentyne
b.1954
vocalist
, with the midrange guts of Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan
1924 - 1990
vocalist
.

Red, like the previous "color" releases, focuses nominally on the particular color considered, ergo, the original "Big Red" and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
'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
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
's "Butterfly," which opens the disc, representing the "standards." Pater approaches a hip-hop sensibility on "Sir Doug of Edwards" and A Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
1958 - 2009
vocalist
-infused groove on "Big Red," which features electric guitarist André Bush.

Pater brings all of her James Brown
James Brown
James Brown
1933 - 2006
vocalist
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

Style: Vocal


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