Beata Pater: Blue
Beata Pater on Vocals
Mark Little on Piano B3, Jon Evans on Bass
Scott Foster on Guitar, Renzel Merritt on Drums
Celia Malheiros on Percussion, Josh Jones on Percussion
Darius Babazadeh on Sax, Flute, Mikole Kaar on Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Carl Roessler on Didgeridoo, David Sturdevant on Harmonica
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 7, 2013
This CD is a fusion of world music, improvisational scat, creative jazz interpretations, and a great combination of instrumental mixes. Beata Pater, vocalist, and Mark Little, pianist, have individually or jointly composed nine of the thirteen tracks, each uniquely inviting, with an ensemble of eleven musicians on a wide variety of instruments, including didgeridoo and harmonica.
#1 – Afro Blue – Composed by Mongo Santamaria. Ms. Pater, on vowel tones or scat, shares the lead theme with the saxophone, with piano and percussion pulsating throughout. This is singular music with eclectic combinations and musical arrangements, fused to evoke, as described in CD notes, “birds in the air or fish in the sea”, with a sense of “freedom” and “unhindered movement”.
#7 – Mr. Tad – Composed by Pater-Little. The didgeridoo opens this track with exotic tones, soon turning tropical, with flute, vocal tones, and piano. One is transported to a tropical forest, with ambient male vocal tones in the distance. Since this is a fused ensemble, in passages, other instruments might appear incidentally now and then, for tonal ornamentations.
#12 – Sludgekee – Composed by Pater-Little. Guitar, sax, and vocals share the theme, here, with intriguing resonance. The mood is upbeat and lively, with rhythmic, Brazilian-styled, danceable tones. The listener might sway or hum along.
#13 – Blue in Green – Composed by Miles Davis. Joining Ms. Pater on this gorgeous track are clarinet, piano, and bass, with a sumptuous bass solo, overlaying piano and percussion. Ms. Pater’s vocals are deeper here, and more elongated and spirited.