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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
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.