Following up on her highly-acclaimed trilogy Black, Blue and Red, Beata Pater has taken a delightful turn into another sublime direction with Golden Lady. Abandoning the larger ensembles, vocalese excursions and fiery adventurousness of those albums, Beata has turned to a pair of longtime collaborators – pianist Hiromu Aoki and bassist Buca Necak – to create an enthralling gem of an album, filled with emotional intensity and rich lyricism.
With brilliant interplay and powerful empathy that makes the trio sound like a unified, multi-faceted instrument, Beata offers her singular interpretations of eleven outstanding songs culled from some of America and Brazil’s finest composers. From sumptuous ballads to buoyant swing, the album is highly accessible and radio-friendly, yet still bears the innovative freshness and unpredictable inventiveness that are hallmarks of her remarkable musical vision.
With each piece lovingly crafted with the consummate artistry of a master jeweler, honed by superb musicianship and stunning creativity, Golden Lady displays the perfect setting for Beata’s beautiful and sensual voice. Interpreting lyrics in the manner of the immortal jazz horn players, Beata sculpts every nuance of the words’ meaning and impact within a vivid context of storytelling at its most profound. Golden Lady is another triumph for a truly special artist.
AllAboutJazz.com - C. Michael BaileyBeata Pater's vocal expertise is about shape, texture and the nuance informing both. Pater's B&B Records color-inspired trilogy, Black (2006), Blue (2011) and Red (2013) was a critically well-received series that demonstrated the singers mastery of wordless singing in a large band format, pushing the creative envelope to the edge of its capacity. Pater's self-claimed influences include Ella Fitzgerald,Sarah Vaughan and Shirley Horn. But the spirit of Betty Carter permeates this disc in the durable elasticity that supports Pater's adventurous voice.
How Pater sings is a high-wire method. She constantly takes artistic chances with her phrasing, always meeting triumph and thus evolutionary progress. Pater's subjects are well off the beaten path, providing perfect vehicles for her carefully wrought creative journeys. Poet Maya Angelou's moody "Turned to Blue" displays Pater's arsenal of slurs, sways and glissandos all existing in harmony with the exceptional pianism of Hiromu Aoki, whose understated approach rests on the same rarefied plane as that of Pater. Pater's vocals are delicate and cinematic on Oscar Castro-Neves' "I Live to Love You" and creamy roux-rich on Gordon Jenkins' "This is All I Ask."
Aoki's informed piano bears discussion in his facility to use very simple rhythmic constructs to direct a song's dramatic content. On the disc opener, "Wild is the Wind," fashions his support around two sudden chord voicings forming a mantra giving Pater an entire sonic neighborhood to walk around in. On the closing "A Little Tear," Aoki and bassist Buca Necak establish a more complex repeating figure that propels Pater's most forthright singing, lyrically and non- lyrically. Pater's instrumental support is perfection. This is a fine vocal disc indeed, much in the same pioneering mode as Lisa Sokolov's fine Presence (Self Produced, 1004) and stands as its natural evolution.
by C. MICHAEL BAILEY, AllAboutJazz.com
"Totally Hot" MidwestRecord.comIn which we find Pater trying a new brand of special sauce, totally changing her vibe and sound, and if nothing else, she shows how less is more. Dumping the big band for a piano and bass, Pater has found that spot where Chaka Khan meets eastern Europe for a wildly sexy spin. Deftly mixing cabaret, performance art vibes and 50s black, chick singer moves, this set handily turns everything topsy turvy giving your expectations a real kick in the pants. If you’re not impressed with the bitching today’s 17 to 23 year olds pass off as singing the blues about life these days, this world wise set is going to put you in a head lock and not let go. This is a real treat for mature tastes that still like to buy albums but just can’t find what they want at Target and don’t have the time to invest in investigating Amazon. Totally hot.
Different shades, different hues - Extending the Possibilities of the Human Voice
Having joined the throngs of fans of Beata Pater and reviewing her previous album BLUE and RED you'd think the wonders of this artist's voice and talent would not surprise. But that is simply not the case. Beata Pater has taken a delightful turn into another sublime direction with Golden Lady. No longer feeling the need for the big sound Beata has turned to a pair of longtime collaborators - pianist Hiromu Aoki and bassist Buca Necak - to create an enthralling gem of an album, filled with emotional intensity and rich lyricism.
Beata Pater is a Polish born international jazz star, but a star with her own language of music. Classically trained as a violinist in the Music Academy of Warsaw, Pater understands rhythm, pitch, the vocalise, and the juxtaposition of musical lines better than many of our finest classical musicians, and yet she employs all of these traits to her unique gifts as a jazz singer. Rather than concentrating on lyrics Pater instead puts her abilities to the test of communicating a song's meaning through simply using her rather incredible instrument of a voice to produce musical lines instrumentally. She is one unique artist. She has the most creative expanse of musical sounds she can create simply with using her voice to stretch where others dare not go. The result is an aural experience like no other. The voice here becomes the lead instrument challenging her fellow musicians to ride as high as she dares to go.
Gold, golden, illuminating, intimate. Just sit back and be seduced by this extraordinary lady.
Grady Harp - Amazon Jazz Review
Golden Lady on the Radio
|TCC "The Grid"*||Tulsa||OK|
|KASU||Ark. St. University||AR|
|90.3 The Core||Piscataway||NJ|
|SD Public Broadcasting||Vermillion||SD|
|Georgia Public Radio||Syndicated||Syndicated|
|Jazz & Blues Tour Radio||The Netherlands|
Beata Pater - vocal
Aoki Hiromu - piano
Buca Necak - contrabass
1 Wild Is the Wind
Dimitri Tiomkin & Ned Washington
2 The Day It Rained
Durval Ferreira and Pedro Comargo
3 Turned to Blue
J. Ashby & M. Angelou
4 Save Your Love For Me
5 I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up
6 I Live to Love You
7 This Is All I Ask
8 Golden Lady
9 If You Went Away
10 Someone to Light Up My Life
Antonio Carlos Jobim
11 A Little Tear
Recording infoRecorded at B&B Recodes
Recorded in Palm Desert, California
Recording engineer - Mike Gibson
Mix engineer - Bond Bergland
Mastering - Dale "D-Wiz" Everingham
Photography - Marek Balata
Media infoArtist: Beata Pater
Title: Golden Lady
Label: B&B Records
Catalog Number: BB0419
UPC Code: 826049000074
Radio Street Date: October 2, 2013
Media Release Date: March 4, 2014