BEATA PATER

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One of the most inventive, versatile and intriguing jazz singers on the scene today, Beata Pater is not only an improvising vocalist but an arranger, composer and violinist. Her haunting voice is as effective on moody ballads as it is on uptempo material and she is notable both for her wordless flights and for her ability to dig deep into the hidden meanings of lyrics. Whether performing originals or vintage standards, she is consistently memorable and never shy to stretch herself.

Beata Pater’s most recent recording is the third entry in her “color” series, “Red”. A with her previous release “Blue”, Beata’s voice is the lead instrument, vocalizing in original compositions expressing her unique tone and character, leading to the album receiving airplay around the globe. Comparisons have been made to Flora Purim and Tania Maria. In Red, Beata expresses her unique jazz vocalizations with an energetic infectious groove built by
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Vocal Jazz 1993
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Duet
Vocal Jazz 1999
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Black
Vocal Jazz 2006
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Blue
Vocal Jazz 2011
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Vocal Jazz 2013
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Vocal Jazz 2013
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Fire Dance
Vocal Jazz 2017
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Tet
Vocal Jazz 2019

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BEATA PATER Fire Dance

Album · 2017 · Vocal Jazz
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Beata Pater’s first five albums could be called ‘typical’ vocal jazz albums, as they featured the usual mix of standards and originals. That’s not to say her vocal approach has not been inspired, instead, she has received high marks for her flexible and fluid style, but no previous album she has made could prepare her followers for her latest, “Fire Dance”. On this new one, Pater employed Alex Danson to write eleven new originals, which Pater then arranged for multiple wordless vocal overdubs supported by a saxophone trio and a four piece electric rhythm section. The end result is a sort of modern big band made up mostly of Pater’s voice multi-tracked up to sixteen times on some cuts. The multi-tracked vocals sometimes have a classic vocal jazz ensemble sound that may remind some of The Swingle Singers or Manhattan Transfer, while the overdubbed wordless sounds may remind some of Bobby McFerrin, but for much of “Fire Dance“, Pater has crafted a sound that is unique to this album.

Musically this album pulls from a variety of styles including modern RnB, post bop and fusion from the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe. The end result is sometimes similar to Weather Report in the late 70s, or any of Joe Zawinul’s bands since WR. Imagine the Swingle Singers covering classic Weather Report material and you might have a clue as to what is going on here. Along with Pater’s lead vocals, the saxophonists occasionally take short solos, and even exchange in free three way interplay on a couple cuts.

The make or break on here is Pater’s approach to wordless vocals. No doubt this was a very risky record to make, many have a right to fear what an album based around wordless vocals might sound like, but “Fire Dance” is a success due to a very careful use of vocal sounds that never become annoying or embarrassing. Pater is also careful to never overuse the so-called ‘scatting’ technique, a decision that saves this album from potential indulgence. Instead, all of the multi-tracked vocals on here are carefully arranged, much like a complex big band chart. Top tracks include two beautifully abstract numbers that appear in the middle of the CD, title track “Fire Dance” and “The Princess”. Both feature soaring vocals that recall a pre-Renaissance European style, as well as a classic Middle Eastern sound.

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