Beata Pater

, her fifth solo recording, is the second installment of the internationally acclaimed vocalist’s “color series” collaboration with pianist/composer Mark Little. The project teaming the Polish born virtuoso singer with the veteran piano man from Texas, which began with the 2006 release of Black, takes on a new and exciting character with Blue.

The former date symbolized a beginning - rich, dark soils from which life springs – with modern, edgy, interpretations of timeless classics from the Great American Songbook that revealed Beata's traditional jazz roots, displaying her rhythmic acuity and fine tuned control of tonality, solidly placing her in the lineage of great songstresses, such as Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn.

On Blue she takes what was first developed on Black in different direction, eschewing the words of lyrics for a freer sound centered around her uncanny ability to achieve emotional depth through the melodic manipulation of rhythm and pitch.

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Musicians of Blue

Mark Little - pianist, composer, producer
     two Grammy nominations
     Bobby McFerrin
     Cleo Lane & John Dankworth
     Pharaoh Sanders
Jon Evans - bass, recording engineer
     Tori Amos
Ranzell Merritt - drums, voice
     James Brown
Darius Babazadeh - sax and flute
     Natalie Cole, Paul Anka
Scot Foster - guitar
Celia Malheiros - percussion
     Hermeto Pascoal
Josh Jones - percussion
     Chico Freeman Omar Sosa
Mikole Karr - clarinet/sax/flute
Carl Roessler - didgeridoo
David Sturdevant - harmonica